Gothic

C
His Dark Kiss

His Dark Kiss is a gothic tale that gets the atmosphere right. But with easily recognizable scenes reminiscent of Brontë's Jane Eyre, Austen's Northanger Abbey and Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho, it's hard not to. However, there is more to a good book than atmosphere. Emma ...

B-
Dark Desires

Eve Silver's debut tale of a damsel in distress and the mysterious doctor who rescues her draws the reader in with a deliciously dark, Gothic atmosphere that sets it apart from the light and fluffy historicals of recent years. Silver does an excellent job of evoking a dark and spooky mood and, while ...

B-
On Winding Hill Road

On Winding Hill Road is a gothic romance in the classic mold. Diane Tyrrel ably captures the style and tone of the old gothics, delivering a story that should appeal to fans of the subgenre. Sarah Logan arrives in San Francisco to take a job as a caregiver to a young girl. May's mo ...

C
Shadow Haven

My review copy of Shadow Haven describes it as "a contemporary gothic tale of romantic suspense." Well, it's fairly gothic, somewhat suspenseful, and not very romantic. All in all, it's very much an average read. When Gabriella Deveaux married her husband Charles, she left behind her family home ...

C
Mysteries of Lost Angel Inn

Anthology
The Lost Angel Inn is an appropriate setting for a trio of gothic tales. It's too bad that the stories that take place there aren't more interesting. One hundred and forty years ago, a young maid was accused of murdering the owner of the Lost Angel Inn, which was then a private res ...

C
The Mistress of Trevelyan

This book features a mysterious house with a secret passage, a poor governess who narrates it in the first person, a dark, brooding, intense hero, and the word "mistress" is in the title. Could it be...a gothic novel? Yes it is. How is it? Well, it's not bad, but Dorothy Eden still did it better. ...

B
On the Edge of the Woods

Gothics are back in vogue again, and I am certainly glad for that. Diane Tyrrel's debut certainly brings back hints of Gothic romances of earlier days, but still has a strong voice of its own. And though On the Edge of the Woods has a few rough spots, it is ultimately a very enjoyable and mildly chi ...

D
Obsession

The best thing I can find to say about this book is that it's not as bad as the poem that begins it: It began in the autumn, Eighteen eighty-eight, Scotland Yard and Whitechapel Were in such a state. Five drunken "unfortunates" Jack sent to hell Without even so much as A "Fare-thee-girls-well! ...

C-
The Ghost of Carnal Cove

The Ghost of Carnal Cove is Gothic Light. Despite hitting all the familiar notes, it’s often the opposite of what it needs to be. Soft when it should be edgy, predictable when it should be suspenseful, this is a thoroughly average read. Makenna Lindsay comes to the Isle of Wight in the wake of ...

D-
Lair of the Lion

Okay, what you have here are lions, a curse, a remote castle in the Italian Alps, a hero who won't let you look at him, and a spunky heroine who I occasionally wanted to deck. And it all happens sometime in the past, but exactly when I couldn't even begin to tell you. Let me say that I like ...