Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: December 8th 2020 by CamCat Books
A 5 star read
One year ago, Scarlett met the love of her life; a taxidermist named Henry. After a whirlwind romance the two of them got married and are now living in Henry’s isolated house on the moors of England. Today, on Christmas Day, Scarlett retells the story of the past year and how deeply their life changed in such a short time. Always longing for her twin brother Rhett, Scarlett also awaits his arrival this year. If only she could make sense of her troubled childhood past, maybe the future could be a lot brighter for Scarlett.
Gothic tales are my absolutely favorite genre, classic or modern. I love the eerie, dark and gloomy feeling of the stories. I have read a lot of books claiming to be modern Gothic, but they aren’t always true to their description. The Taxidermist’s Lover hits the genre head on in my opinion. Scarlett’s story has the perfect atmosphere of impending doom as she spirals into the madness of her obsession with Henry and his works.
The entire book is told by Scarlett and she addresses Henry the entire time. Dialogue is sparse, yet the writing flows like a beautiful work of art. The author has a way with words that will make you get lost in the pages of her book. In fact, I read through this book in two days, which is really fast for me personally.
The ending was poetic and pure. I can’t say I knew how this story would end, even though I had an inkling. Yet, I didn’t foresee it to be this emotionally charged and dark. A perfect ending for a perfect modern Gothic novel. This is a book that will stay with me for a long time.
Thanks to Netgalley, the author and CamCat Books for the review copy.