Bitter Orange

Bitter Orange

eBook - 2018
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From the attic of a dilapidated English country house, she sees them — Cara first: dark and beautiful, clinging to a marble fountain of Cupid, and Peter, an Apollo. It is 1969 and they are spending the summer in the rooms below hers, while Frances writes a report on the follies in the garden. But she is distracted. Beneath a floorboard in her bathroom, she discovers a peephole which gives her access to her neighbours’ private lives. To Frances’ surprise, Cara and Peter are keen to spend time with her. It is the first occasion that she has had anybody to call a friend, and before long they are spending every day together: eating lavish dinners, drinking bottle after bottle of wine, and smoking cigarettes till the ash piles up on the crumbling furniture. Frances is dazzled. But as the hot summer rolls lazily on, it becomes clear that not everything is right between Cara and Peter. The stories that Cara tells don’t quite add up — and as Frances becomes increasingly entangled in the lives of the glamorous, hedonistic couple, the boundaries between truth and lies, right and wrong, begin to blur. Amid the decadence of that summer, a small crime brings on a bigger one: a crime so terrible that it will brand all their lives forever.
Publisher: [S.l.]: House of Anansi Press Inc, 2018.
ISBN: 9781487004682
Characteristics: 320 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary


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Sep 03, 2020

A strange story!

Jul 01, 2019

This is the first book I've read by this author. I read it very quickly as the plot was compelling and the relationship between the 3 main characters was strange and intriguing. They were all so obviously damaged people. I loved the dilapidated old English country estate where the story takes place. In fact, the descriptions are so lush and realistic that the house itself becomes a character. I was a bit disappointed with the ending, but enjoyed the book nevertheless. I am interested in reading Claire Fuller's other novels.

Jun 27, 2019

I liked the storyline quite a bit, however it drug on and on. Could have been much much better if some of the storylines were followed and more tension created. As it is, so much description of the river and Cara's past life and odd habits were not leading to the final outcome.....much. Good try, but it seemed like a couple of books meshed together without much excitement.

Jun 19, 2019

So creepy and spooky, the sense of imminent dreadfulness and catastrophe will keep you at it. I had left it at work over the weekend, mulling over where events had led and the sense of dread intensified as I picked it up again the following week. Craftily inserted bits of information as the book progresses leads to you the completely unexpected ending.
NOT to be read in the dark on a stormy night!

Nicr Apr 25, 2019

A tale of toxic loneliness and guilt, storytelling and murder.

Apr 03, 2019

Intriguing and mysterious relationship complicated by secrets, lies and sexual tension between three people, two of whom were hired to temporarily live and report on a large run-down and forgotten estate. The woman hired to identify plants and structures included in the vast landscaping is a bit older and reserved than the charismatic young man who ignores his architectural reports and encourages the landscape artist to enjoying the advantages of the situation and living life to its fullest while catering to his beautiful and complex and somewhat unstable young woman companion. Loved the story line and characterizations along with flashbacks that kept me wanting to know what happens next.

Mar 13, 2019

This book was slow going. I really wanted to get into the story but the first half just dragged on for me. The book does improve and get interesting about 3/4 of the way through so I am glad I kept going. Seems like a boring story but it is strange and dark in some parts that your are not expecting.

ArapahoeKati Feb 14, 2019

Reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier and Mary Stewart plus taut writing and a good bit of overhanging dread and loneliness with a dash of glam and forgotten history. I couldn't put it down (even when I had a migraine).

Dec 04, 2018

This was so good! The writing was spot on. It's not a happy book so if that's what you like I would steer clear of this book. But if you enjoy really well written stories with interesting complex characters (including an old rundown house) then try this book. I previously read "Swimming Lessons" from Claire Fuller. That book was good but I feel like she's really grown as a writer and this is the proof of that. One of my top reads of 2018!

Nov 28, 2018

As a reader, you'll know the all-too-rare frisson of pleasure that overcomes you when you open a book and almost immediately feel the atmosphere begin to seep inside you. You'll know the joy a reader feels when the character's voice speaks out so clearly that they seem to have sprung immediately to life in your head. These are the trademarks of the master storyteller and Claire Fuller is one of their guild, hooking the reader on page one and reeling her in bit by masterful bit with each succeeding chapter.

In short, I loved this Gothic treasure of a novel and read it in one long sitting. Someday, probably not too far into the future, I'll look forward to reading it once more. That's the kind of story it is.

Recommended for fans of "Rebecca" or early Barbara Vine.

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