Genre: Historical Fiction
Synopsis: Penniless, and escaping the horrors of life as a governess to brutal households, Maud seeks refuge with the cousin-by-marriage she never knew. But Juliana quashes Maud’s emerging friendships with the staff and locals – especially John, the artist commissioned to restore the sinister Doom in the local church. John, however, is smitten with Maud and makes every effort to woo her.
Maud, isolated and thwarted at every turn, continues to take the laudanum which was her only solace in London. Soon she becomes dependent on the drug – so is this the cause of her fresh anxieties? Or is someone – or something – plotting her demise?
Is the devil in the corner of the Doom a reality, or a figment of her imagination?
200words (or less) review: Devil in the Corner reminded me of reading classics (though I’ve only read a few to be fair), the story is slow building with detailed descriptions, sometimes too detailed if I’m honest. I will say that at 400 pages this story did drag in places and I can understand why the pacing would put readers off, but for me I didn’t mind because I got lost in Maud’s life completely.
Patricia Elliott shares the narration between Maud and John, the struggling young artist Maud meets on her way to Windward House. John is fascinated by Maud and seeks her out, in contrast Maud is frightened of her feelings, previous experiences with men still haunting her. I liked the romance between John and Maud, the ups and downs and not knowing if they would end up together.
Maud isn’t always likeable but I think that makes her more convincing, especially when Juliana’s health deteriorates. There are quite a few characters in this book that stayed with me, particularly Mr Tiggins.
Devil in the Corner is an in-depth and vivid tale of a girl struggling with demons, both real and imagined.
Patricia Elliott’s Guest Post about poisons in the Victorian Period is HERE