The Devil in the Corner

The Devil in the Corner

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Penniless, and escaping the horrors of life as a governess to brutal households, Maud seeks refuge with the cousin-by-marriage she never knew. But her efforts to please Juliana are met with increasing levels of contempt as it becomes apparent that Juliana is jealous of Maud's youth and beauty. Further, Juliana quashes Maud's emerging friendships with the staff and locals - especially John, the artist commissioned to restore the sinister Doom in the local church. John, however, is smitten with Maud and makes every effort to woo her. Maud, isolated and thwarted at every turn, continues to take the laudanum which was her only solace in London (and which was commonplace in Victorian London). Soon she becomes dependent on the drug - so is this the cause of her fresh anxieties? Or is someone - or something - plotting her demise? Is the devil in the corner of the Doom a reality, or a figment of her imagination? And what is its power? Will Maud ever learn the truth of her inheritance and be free? Will she lose John for ever?show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 32mm | 300g
  • Hachette Children's Group
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 034095678X
  • 9780340956786
  • 1,155,654

About Patricia Elliott

Patricia Elliott has written nine novels for children and young adults. Her first novel with Hodder, The Ice Boy, won the Fidler Award for a First Novel and was shortlisted for the Branford-Boase among other awards. Her second, Murkmere, was long-listed for the Guardian Fiction Award and she has since been short-listed for many others, including the Calderdale and the Wirral Paperback of the Year. Her most recent YA is a Victorian Gothic, The Devil in the Corner. Her new MG series, the Connie Carew Mysteries, is set in the Edwardian period: The House of Eyes and The Ship of Spectres. Patricia was (and is!) a voracious reader and always scribbled stories during a childhood spent overseas. She worked in publishing in London and in bookselling in New York before taking an M.A. in Writing for Children. She has been a tutor at Morley College, London, and in between writing now leads workshops for both adults and children, including Chelsea Young Writers. She is an active member of CWISL (Children's Writers and Illustrators in South London). She is married, with two sons. more

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The book is truly atmospheric and haunting and will really appeal to young people who enjoy the darkness of the gothic novel and writers such as the Brontes. * * * * Books for Keeps The best teen book I have read in a long time... a fantastic atmospheric thriller that will have readers hooked from start to finish. School Librarianshow more

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104 ratings
3.25 out of 5 stars
5 14% (15)
4 22% (23)
3 44% (46)
2 13% (14)
1 6% (6)

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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and Netgalley.) 17-year-old Maud is all alone in the world after her father’s death when she was fifteen. After three failed jobs as a governess, Maud is pleased to receive a letter from a cousin by marriage – Julianna, who offers to take her in in return for some company. Julianna’s health is failing, and Maud finds that she is little more than an unpaid nursemaid, running around after Julianna, and unable to spend time with suitors because Julianna forbids it. Will Maud ever be happy until Julianna is dead? And if Julianna dies, will she have anything left anyway? This was an okay story, but the pace was painfully slow. Maud was an okay character, although I’m still not 100% sure if she was sane or not. To start with she seemed fairly normal, but as the book went on I really did begin to doubt her. Was she hallucinating? Was she really meddling with people’s medicines? Was she really stealing? I’m not sure, but I know I wouldn’t have trusted her with arsenic. The storyline was okay, and it reminded me a little of Jane Eyre. Unfortunately this wasn’t as good as Jane Eyre though, and the pace was painfully slow. While I wanted to know what happened next, the pace just ruined this book for me, and I became desperate for the story to get a move on! I did like the mystery over what was happening, and I also liked the brief bit of romance we got. There were a couple of sneaky things going on that were interesting, but again, the pace ruined this book. The interesting things that happened were so few and far between that the story dragged. This was the sort of book where you keep glancing at the page numbers, thinking ‘I must have read at least 50 pages!’ to find you have actually read 2. The ending to this was a little obtuse. I have my theories as to what happened, but things weren’t exactly spelled out for the reader, leaving a bit of mystery remaining, which is a bit irritating. Overall; an okay, but slow YA historical mystery story, 6.5 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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