The Soprano - Sarah England

The soprano

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Official Book Blurb:

A Haunting Supernatural Thriller by the author of bestselling occult horror trilogy, Father of Lies.
REVENGE WAS NEVER THIS WICKED! For decades, this lonely English mining village has harboured an intricate web of jealousy, rage and deceit ....all carefully woven and interlaced with dark witchcraft....and it's about to come to fruition.
'It is 1951 and a remote mining village on the North Staffordshire Moors is hit by one of the worst snowstorms in living memory. Cut off for over three weeks, the old and the sick will die; the strongest bunker down; and those with evil intent will bring to its conclusion a family vendetta spanning three generations.
Inspired by a true event, 'The Soprano' tells the story of Grace Holland - a strikingly beautiful, much admired local celebrity who brings glamour and inspiration to the grimy moorland community. But why is Grace still here? Why doesn't she leave this staunchly Methodist, rain-sodden place and the isolated farmhouse she shares with her mother?
Riddled with witchcraft and tales of superstition, the story is mostly narrated by the Whistler family who own the local funeral parlour, in particular six year old Louise - now an elderly lady - who recalls one of the most shocking crimes imaginable.'

My Thoughts:

I missed the word ‘haunting’ in the byline for this book, so it took me by surprise. I think I just saw ‘contains local English dialect’ and was a bit blinkered as I’m a sucker for local dialect!
Anyway, it was certainly a page-turner and definitely chillingly haunting but very odd at the same time. As a lot of it was narrated from a six-year old’s memory, she was often excluded from conversations which meant you the reader was too and you were left in the dark about a lot of what was happening. This, of course, was intentional but was highly frustrating.
I’m not sure I’d read any more books like this, it was an excellent one-off accidental read but not really my cup of tea. I prefer something that can be a bit more realistic than supernatural at the moment.

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The Soprano
by Sarah England
Date Started
1st June 2018
Date Finished
4th June 2018
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