This book was absolutely gripping. I read it all in one go one Saturday afternoon.
The story revolves around Constantina (Connie) Gifford , a seventeen year old woman who lives with her father in the small village in Sussex of Fishbourne.
Her father was once a famous taxidermist with a house of curiosities. Now he is a drunk who relies on Connie to fulfil the small commissions he manages to get. He taught Connie everything he knew about taxidermy, and she enjoys her craft.
When Connie was a young girl she had a terrible accident and lost all her memories. She fell down the stairs and hit her head.
But memories, thoughts and feeling resurface from time to time and Connie has the distinct feeling that something is not right. Her father won’t talk to her about anything before they came to Fishbourne. Connie, not wanting to distress her father never presses the issue.
The book starts on a dark and rainy night in a graveyard. A superstition dictates that yearly on that night the ghosts of those to die that year appear.
For reasons unknown her father attends a small crowd waits in the graveyard. Connie is worried about her father and his ability to get home safely.
After this night all manner of strange things happen. Her father goes missing, a young woman is found dead in the river and a young man, Harry, visits her house to find his own missing father.
Several threads appear that slowly start to come together as Connie starts to remember what happened on that fateful night all those years ago. Things begin to make sense and revelations are made about past sins.
This novel is highly atmospheric with the elements of taxidermy, death and revenge woven in a rich tapestry. The heroine, Connie, is an extraordinary character who you feel instantly connected with.
As the book progress, hints and clues appears to the nature of what is going on in Fishbourne. Yet the conclusion is interesting and though provoking.
Kate Mosse has done something amazing with this gothic mystery and I couldn’t put it down.
Please add this one to your autumn reading list. You will not be disappointed!
Get it here: The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse
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