I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Maplecroft by Cherie Priest
Genres: Historical, Supernatural
Published by Roc on September 2nd 2014
Source: Tantor Audio
Also by this author: Indigo
Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.... The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny. But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean’s depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness. This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe.
The author has an interesting imagination to use the Bordens in a paranormal series.
What I thought of this book.
I really thought this one was going to be more interesting that it really was, so I am kind of sad. I did like it but it was really slow, even listening to it was slow. It seemed to take me forever when I know it really didn’t, but it didn’t hold my attention very well so I frequently stopped it.
It’s told in a lot of POV’s and the audio had two narrators, one for the female pov’s and one for the male pov’s. I wasn’t expecting it to be told through what I could tell from listening as maybe journals or notes or something. This is not really my favorite type of writing, but it was okay.
The author has taken a famous crime and turned it supernatural. Lizzie Borden killed her father and stepmother but it was because they were not themselves. There is something that is turning people into some sort of creature, or demon (I am not really sure what it is). Something nasty that must be killed. Lizzie took her ax and killed them to protect her and her sister. Lizzie had to protect her sister and then her girlfriend Nancy who is to inquisitive for her own good, gets afflicted, so Lizzie is trying to help her.
Their is a doctor Owen Seabury who testified on Lizzie’s behalf and helped her not be convicted of murder. Owen had seen her stepmother, and though he didn’t know exactly what it was she was turning into he knew she was not the same. He has also seen others who have been infected.
There are other accounts from other doctors about things that are going on and they are trying to figure out exactly what is going on.
Overall, it was interesting, but not gripping. I do wish that it would have pointed out that Lizzie had a girl friend in the blurb because there are people like me who doesn’t really care to read about such things. It’s my right not to want too. I don’t mind a homosexual character but I don’t want to have to listen to a romantic part between them. If I did I would read those types of books. Thank goodness I could just skip through it easily while listening.
That is really my only real grip about the novel and didn’t really derail me from not liking it, I did like it, but just not wowed by it. If you think it sounds interesting then give it a try, you might like it more than I did.
Johanna Parker and Roger Wayne do a great job in narrating Maplecroft. I have listened to Johanna Parker before and already liked her, but this was my first time listening to Roger Wayne. If I had to pick a favorite among the two I really enjoyed Roger Wayne’s narration the best, he has a really nice voice that is easy to listen too.