[Reading] ➸ The Soprano By S.E. England – Uroturk.info

This was a real slow burner of a book, where lots of different threads of a story came together There were a lot of characters who were all connected to each other, one way or another, and that make this novel very intriguing to read.I have to admit that I got the shivers a couple of time, but that is to be expected when you read a Sarah England book, after all She has a way of building atmosphere and of telling a eerie story very well and I had no idea where it was all heading until right towards the end, I have to admit.I highly recommend this book, 4.5 stars I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book Thank you to THE Book Club. I read an ARC of this book but have also purchased a copy because I know it s one I ll keep and read again on a dark and stormy night in deepest winter It s a wonderful book, set in a remote northern village with a cast of colourful characters and a grudge that has its roots in witchcraft On this subject, Sarah England knows her stuff and what she imparts is unsettling enough, the sheer reality of it This is no flight of fancy, this is what can and does happen, past, present and future, people harnessing the earth s natural energy, but for entirely the wrong reasons THAT S where the terror in this story lies I won t give away the plot, suffice to say this is such an intelligent book, written in an almost literary style with vivid passages that will haunt you for days and weeks to come It s complex, and it has depth, with characters both chilling and heartbreaking Surprisingly, there s also a few laughs along the way courtesy of the child Louise please will an adult just listen to her As someone who devours stories of this kind, it s up there with the best of them, and I m including the likes of Edgar Allan Poe in that. The Soprano by sarah England It is 1951 and a remote mining village on the North Staffordshire Moors is hit by one of the worst snowstorms in living memory Cut off for over three weeks, the old and the sick will die the strongest bunker down and those with evil intent will bring to its conclusion a family vendetta spanning three generations.Inspired by a true event, The Soprano tells the story of Grace Holland a strikingly beautiful, much admired local celebrity who brings glamour and inspiration to the grimy moorland community But why is Grace still here Why doesn t she leave this staunchly Methodist, rain sodden place and the isolated farmhouse she shares with her mother Riddled with witchcraft and tales of superstition, the story is mostly narrated by the Whistler family who own the local funeral parlour, in particular six year old Louise now an elderly lady who recalls one of the most shocking crimes imaginable OMG An absolutely fantastic read with brilliant characters I love Sarah books They just get better and better I hope there is to come Highly recommended A spooky read But I loved it A must read Definitely worth than 5 Tbc on fb. What a great read It s a slow burner with a gradual build up of tension and a gallop towards the end It s set mainly in 1951 during a snowstorm when a small village is cut off from the rest of the world for a few weeks A woman goes missing and there are some odd happenings Eerily atmospheric with a few twists and turns, it had me gripped to the last page.The writing style creates a fantastic feeling of moodiness and unease throughout the story It s quite dark and disturbing It s not a scary tale as such, menacing in its ambience There is an array of wonderfully depicted characters, some quite sinister, each with their own axe to grind in ways than one The descriptions of the blizzard and snow are very evocative and realistic, I almost felt I was there I nearly shivered with the cold I won t be walking through any woods or looking at a doll in the same way fr some time If you enjoy a book about witchcraft and superstitions with a hint of creepiness, then this is one for you I loved it A fabulous tale of the macabre A Haunting Supernatural Thriller By The Author Of Bestselling Occult Horror Trilogy, Father Of Lies REVENGE WAS NEVER THIS WICKED For Decades, This Lonely English Mining Village Has Harboured An Intricate Web Of Jealousy, Rage And Deceitl Carefully Woven And Interlaced With Dark Witchcraftd It S About To Come To Fruition CONTAINS LOCAL ENGLISH DIALECT BOOK SUMMARY It Is And A Remote Mining Village On The North Staffordshire Moors Is Hit By One Of The Worst Snowstorms In Living Memory Cut Off For Over Three Weeks, The Old And The Sick Will Die The Strongest Bunker Down And Those With Evil Intent Will Bring To Its Conclusion A Family Vendetta Spanning Three Generations Inspired By A True Event, The Soprano Tells The Story Of Grace Holland A Strikingly Beautiful, Much Admired Local Celebrity Who Brings Glamour And Inspiration To The Grimy Moorland Community But Why Is Grace Still Here Why Doesn T She Leave This Staunchly Methodist, Rain Sodden Place And The Isolated Farmhouse She Shares With Her Mother Riddled With Witchcraft And Tales Of Superstition, The Story Is Mostly Narrated By The Whistler Family Who Own The Local Funeral Parlour, In Particular Six Year Old Louise Now An Elderly Lady Who Recalls One Of The Most Shocking Crimes Imaginable The Soprano is the first standalone novel of one of the most, skilful, talented master of the written word, Sarah England.Sarah has such a way of crafting an innovative, complex plot that is both full of intrigue and deep seated intensity at the same time In this novel, the story plays out over 100 years and 3 generations A story waiting to come to it s conclusion Two families at war Annie Bailey, matriarch and orchestrator of all that is to come is beside herself When local businessman and staunch methodist minister, Aaron Danby, threatens to fell the sacred Odins tree, a tree that has been central, to a certain group of women for longer than they can remember, Annie hatches a plot and is in for the long term Odins tree is felled and two months later, on top of the old roots, a chapel is built A show of what is to come, stamping out the past and offering a new beginning.With the help of dark arts, witchcraft and the four that went before, is a tale of deep sadness and manipulation And a secret that will tear a family apart for decades.The chapters alternate and are told by different points of view, from different families and over many decades It s a story i really had to follow as the author uses, to great effect, the local dialect of the time Which i loved as i felt it added to the already tense and eerie atmosphere and gave it validity and authenticity.This is not a fast paced tale, of a slow burner that gives you enough to thoroughly immerse yourself in the novel Giving you a chance to really get to know and have a feel for the individual characters I personally felt this is actually a good way to go with what is, at times, a complex tale.Really enjoyable and another fabulous book from in my opinion the fast becoming Mistress of the dark occult, Sarah England Did it make me stop in the middle of the night and listen to the trees Yes Did it make me double check myself when i heard animals in the woods next to me Yes Was that a baby crying or just a fox..who knows.My only problem upon finishing it is having to wait for the next.But then, what a problem to have Having read the author s Father of Lies trilogy and her collection of short stories, I was really looking forward to reading this book I wasn t disappointed.Spanning from 1885 2017, this story successfully manages to merge the past with the present in a way that makes you feel as if you re travelling back and forth in time The locations, characters, family dynamics and use of description help remind you where you are in the story, and which part of the family you re with.Sarah has a talent for building up the tension and making you want to know about the characters, and what brought them to where they are Each step back in time reveals , so you gradually understand the actions of those in the present.This is a dark spell binding read, full of excellent characters, brilliant descriptions and a cold, biting atmosphere that I could almost feel through my kindle screen If you enjoy supernatural and occult thrillers, then I highly recommend this book. Set in different time periods about a family who live in a tight knit mining community on the edge of a foreboding moor The stories are told by different family members and are centered around a time when the village is virtually cut off by the most severe snow storm any of them have ever witnessed It is multifaceted and each person has there own take on events that have happened in the past and that are happening in their present time of 1951 I love the imagination which has gone into the book to bring the scary happenings to life and also the background of living in the early fifties where food was still rationed and where children were to be seen but not heard I loved the book A witch scorned indeed Decades old grudges come to wicked life in this story about a family matriarch that sets wheels in motion that will have disastrous consequences for her enemies, as well as her own line when they won t do as they re told A dark story, the characters are incredibly well fleshed out, the atmosphere is spooky, and the witchiness is truly entertaining Definitely worth a read A delicious creepy read which made me look over my shoulder than once The whole atmosphere was superbly drawn from the small cottages, the cold, the dank atmosphere and the wildness of the woods through to the characters If you want to be taken on a ride that will leave you wanting take it with Sarah England. The Soprano

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