Thursday, April 05, 2018

Five top Gothic novels

Christine Mangan’s novel is Tangerine. One of the author's five favorite Gothic novels, as shared at the B&N Reads blog:
My Cousin Rachel, by Daphne du Maurier

A particular favorite of mine, this novel contains all the very best Gothic tropes: wild landscapes, a mysterious death, and an unforgettable femme fatale. The novel begins as the narrator, Philip, learns that his recently married Uncle Ambrose has died while traveling abroad in Italy. A good portion of the novel is then spent with Philip preparing to meet his Uncle’s new wife, though Rachel herself doesn’t make an appearance until halfway through. Despite his best intentions to hate her, Philip finds himself becoming more and more enthralled with his Uncle’s widow—there’s just the pesky little question of whether or not she had something to do with Ambrose’s death.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue