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Detective Brontë at your Service: The Vanished Bride



[Gifted from the publisher, Hodder & Stoughton. All opinions are my own.]

First and foremost, I would like to apologise for my absence on here. I’m been super bogged down by university work, work work, and having a life outside of my bedroom, but I’m back, read a few books in my hiatus, and I’m ready to talk about them till my hands ache from typing. Thanks for sticking around!


We can all agree that we’re sick of the same old Wuthering Heights retelling; bored of seeing Mr. Rochester reflected in every modern fictional fuck boy; and that nothing will outshine The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. No one can capture the hearts of readers like Charlotte did with Jane Eyre, like Emily did with Wuthering Heights, and like Anne did with Tenant. Instead of reimaging the classics, why don’t people turn to reimagining the lives of the authors? Well, this is exactly what Bella Ellis did with The Vanished Bride, where the sisters are detectives, solving the mystery of a missing woman, who left nothing but a bloody room behind her. It might not be plausible, or, you know, accurate, but it’s different. It’s fun.

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April Reading Wrap-Up:


I guess I should start by saying: I’m sorry.

Not to be dramatic or owt, but April was a tough month for me. I didn’t find pleasure from the things that often comfort me. I couldn’t read or write. I was drowning in university work (I still am). I finally decided to cut someone out of my life who once meant the world to me, but had only started to see me as a thing to use when and as he pleased. But I am much happier now, and I thought it was about time I shared my thoughts on the books I read last month.

As I mentioned, I didn’t really want to read, so I only managed to get through three books, but that’s better than nothing, right?

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February Reading Wrap-Up:


February, ah, what a crap month. Feelings are all over the place. But I managed to get Some Stuff Read and that’s what I’m here to talk about today.

I finished my Masters reading list, which also means I’ve finished with reading lists for good. I never have to read something for a seminar or lecture again. I would say I’m sad about that but I’m not. I hate my Masters. I’m fed up of uni. It’s quite the relief. Anyway, as always, I will have a review for most of the following – if it’s up already it’ll be linked.


Arthur Wing Pinero’s The Second Mrs Tanqueray | 1 star:

A controversial but successful play that reveals the fate of a “notorious woman”, the second Mrs Tanqueray, in Victorian England. That’s all there is too it, I’m afraid.

It was really quite boring, to be honest. Yes, it was an interesting look at how fallen women were treated in late Victorian society, but there isn’t much more that I can say about this play. It was quite dull and boring. No liveliness to it at all. Maybe a live production of it would be more compelling.

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