A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Shining Agnes by Sara Banerji

Shining Agnes by Sara Banerji (5/5)
A Bloomsbury Reader

1990; 2012, Bloomsbury, 200 pgs
Ages: 18+
(US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

"In a once great, now falling, mansion live an aristocratic family: Alice, huge, sad and longing for love; her paralyzed mother who is subject to wild and eccentric enthusiasms; and the foster child Agnes, whose desire to be an actress sets in motion a train of bizarre and horrifying events. 
Then love comes to Alice in the form of beautiful but furtive Vincent who has moved in next door. But does he want Alice for herself or for the treasures that she digs from the rubble of her tumbled home? And how does he view Alice's obsession with compost, the making of which she compares to the growth of spirituality and the purging away of sin? 
Black comedy lurks beneath the surface of this gloriously imaginative novel from the author of Cobweb Walking, The Wedding of Jayanthi Mandel and The Tea-Planter's Daughter."

Brilliant!  A novel of Catholicism, miracles, apparitions, infidelity, murder and paedophilia   The first chapter had me hooked and I read continuously until I had finished.  A beautiful story of redemption and faith.  A very dark story at times but with an amazing ending that left my heart full of love and happiness for the main character, Alice.  I must read this author again!  A caveat: however much *I* enjoyed this book, I do realize that some people will find it rather morbid and the themes perhaps off-putting.  So not a book for everyone, but certainly my kind of book.  Very much looking forward to my next read by Banerji.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds good. I was trying to get her earlier book. Failed!