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Young Adult Fiction 309
Chilling Gothic horror romance
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Jane Shoringfield has limited options for her path forward. She can either strain the finances of her relatives by continuing to stay with them or forge a particular path of independence through a marriage of convenience. With her practical nature and talent for sums, she decides to propose marriage to the local but reclusive doctor, Augustine Lawrence. He accepts on one condition: Jane may not stay at his home, Lindridge Hall. Curious but respectful of this condition, Jane agrees, and they are married. What was supposed to be a quick visit for show to Lindridge Hall after their wedding turns into an unexpected overnight stay when a storm hits. While there, Jane discovers that something dark lurks at Lindridge Hall, something that Augustine refuses to come clean about. If Jane hopes to unravel this mystery and save the man she may be coming to love, she will have to face terrors she never imagined.

THE DEATH OF JANE LAWRENCE is another stunning horror from Caitlin Starling. Since THE LUMINIOUS DEAD, Starling has been a favorite horror author of mine, and this latest chilling tale has everything you could want in a Gothic horror story. The atmosphere of Lindridge Hall is full of crumbling rooms, mysterious objects, ghosts in the night, and even two servants who refuse to stay overnight. The tone is tense, haunting, and keeps you on edge, as if a new terror lurks around every corner. Like the best horror however, the truly terrifying isn’t necessarily the creatures that haunt the night but the shadows of doubt, shame, and guilt that can plague a person unlike anything else.

With Jane’s sense, steadfast planning, kindness, and frank honesty, Jane is endearing from the start, particularly as she strives to make a good life for herself and slowly opens herself up to unexpected possibilities, such as actually loving the man she chose to marry. Much like Augustine, she also has a past of tragedy, though her method of coping turned to control while Augustine’s turned to self-loathing. Her journey discovering magic, medicine, and secrets forces her to question the reality around her and whether anyone ever truly has control.

THE DEATH OF JANE LAWRENCE is a brilliant addition to the Gothic horror genre and perfect for the spooky season. Those who loved Crimson Peak but wanted more romance will devour Caitlin Starling’s haunting work.
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