[KINDLE] ❄ The Mark of Cain Author Lindsey Barraclough – 1sm.info

The Mark of Cain I read Long Lankin, the book that preceded The Mark of Cain and really enjoyed it so I picked this one up when I saw it The Mark of Cain serves as both a prequel and a sequel, as it were, to Long Lankin It explains the history of Cain Lankin from the point of view of the woman who loved him, Aphra, and then jumps to the events that take place after Long Lankin Cain and Aphra s back story is so compelling that it makes the reader empathize with them even while realizing they are the villains i I read Long Lankin, the book that preceded The Mark of Cain and really enjoyed it so I picked this one up when I saw it The Mark of Cain serves as both a prequel and a sequel, as it were, to Long Lankin It explains the history of Cain Lankin from the point of view of the woman who loved him, Aphra, and then jumps to the events that take place after Long Lankin Cain and Aphra s back story is so compelling that it makes the reader empathize with them even while realizing they are the villains in the end.The transitions between points of view and time period is very clear and easy to follow I will say that I am glad I read Long Lankin first because the characters were familiar to me and that was helpful The writing is just excellent This is English folk horror at its finest Dripping, damp and earthy atmosphere riddled with references to ash groves, manikins, iron, witch bottles, runes, bone magic, and charms makes for a dark and moody read Highly recommended for horror fans Uff I had a break from reading this as I went away on holiday, I was kind of struggling with it before then, and on my return just couldn t bring myself to pick it up again I m honestly not sure why, it s just not grabbing me at all I m half way through and have just stopped caring It s not even that it s bad writing or anything like that, and the early portion of the book did have me intrigued I guess this one just isn t for me. Aphra Is Not A Normal Child Found Abandoned As A Baby Among The Reeds And Rushes, The Two Outcast Witches Who Raise Her In Their Isolated Cottage Are Never Sure If She Was Born, Or Just Pushed Up Through The Foul, Black Mud For Them To Find Little Aphra S Gifts In The Dark Craft Are Clear, Even As An Infant, But Soon Even Her Guardians Begin To Fear HerWhen A Violent Fire Destroys Their Home, Aphra Is Left To Fend For Herself Years Of Begging And Stealing Make Her Strong, But They Also Make Her Bitter, For She Is Shunned And Feared By Everyone She MeetsUntil She Reaches Bryers Guerdon And Meets The Man They Call Long Lankin The Leper Ostracized And Tormented, He Is The Only Person Willing To Help HerAnd Together, They Plot Their Revenge Four Years Have Passed Since The Death Of Ida Guerdon, And Cora Is Back In Bryers Guerdon In The Manor House Her Aunt Left To Her It Is A Cold, Bitter Winter, And The Horrifying Events Of That Sweltering Summer In Seem Long PastUntil Cora S Father Arranges For Some Restoration Work To Take Place At Guerdon Hall, And It Seems That Something Hidden There Long Ago Has Been Disturbed The Spirit Of Aphra Rushes Intent On Finishing What She Began, Four Centuries Ago Originally posted on NOT ENOUGH BOOKS, NOT ENOUGH TIMEI am sad Maybe I ve overdone too many spooky reads but I just couldn t get into The Mark of Cain I read over 100 pages but had to leave it a DNF This is very devastating because I absolutely adored Long Lankin Not that The Mark of Cain was terrible, the writing is just as elegant and just as terrifying as the first book, but it almost felt like it was a repeat of the first It s a new tormentor but same setting Same characters from the f Originally posted on NOT ENOUGH BOOKS, NOT ENOUGH TIMEI am sad Maybe I ve overdone too many spooky reads but I just couldn t get into The Mark of Cain I read over 100 pages but had to leave it a DNF This is very devastating because I absolutely adored Long Lankin Not that The Mark of Cain was terrible, the writing is just as elegant and just as terrifying as the first book, but it almost felt like it was a repeat of the first It s a new tormentor but same setting Same characters from the first I liked the idea of the same characters, but I didn t get how their father who does seem a little airy and distant could move his children back into the house where so much evil had occurred This probably plays into the fear and suspense because Cora and Mimi are too young to leave, it s against their will, etc.I read 128 pages and don t know if I ll go back and read it I did love Long Lankin so maybe this was just an overdose of spooky ghosts and goblins around Halloween Who knows, but there s always next year A darkly excellent sequel to the amazing LONG LANKIN Just as elegant and just as terrifying as the first book, THE MARK OF CAIN sucked me in and left me shivering. This makes me very excited Long Lankin was good and creeepy I hope this book brings that same mood that Long Lankin brought So glad that I found this Oooooh I think I might actually have found this scarier than Long Lankin I definitely enjoyed itOkay, there were a few things that bothered me like the superfluous description, and the kids conveniently overhearing people talking about Crucial Plot Points but I enjoyed seeing Cora and Roger as older teenagers, along with their burgeoning feelings for one another Which I m really glad wasn t overdone, because this book didn t need an awkward teen romance Roger was as awesome Oooooh I think I might actually have found this scarier than Long Lankin I definitely enjoyed itOkay, there were a few things that bothered me like the superfluous description, and the kids conveniently overhearing people talking about Crucial Plot Points but I enjoyed seeing Cora and Roger as older teenagers, along with their burgeoning feelings for one another Which I m really glad wasn t overdone, because this book didn t need an awkward teen romance Roger was as awesome as ever, AS IF THIS NEEDS SAYING There s a line where Cora asks him to do something and he thinks to himself, What s a chap to do because he can t say no to her It made me laugh out loud and then want to hug him I think he s adorable The jolly hockeysticks dialogue might not be to everyone s taste, but I love how authentically 1960s this book feels the village s disapproval of Mr Drumm s mistresses was kind of hilarious Oh, and I also liked seeing Mimi as a person in her own right, although it was frustrating when she wouldn t talk to Cora I wanted to see a lotof Mimi But I loved the glimpses we got of her her secrets and her strength I was trying to pin down why exactly I found this book scarier, and I ve come up with three reasons 1 The setting Winter, with rising icy flood waters and the roads blocked by snow, feelsclaustrophobic than the sweltering summer heat in Long Lankin, keeping Cora and Mimi trapped inside the house where the danger is.2 The different threat Not knowing the witch bottles and marks were to protect the house, and not being able to keep Aphra from getting inside using physical barriers like they could with Long Lankin.3 The lack of a proper guardian or adult to protect the children HOW USELESS WAS THEIR FATHER And the woman who did look after them then became a threat in her own right, one that they couldn t fight definitely scary stuff Loved, loved, loved this I m such a fan of Barraclough s writing This one seemed a bit darkerYA ish than Long Lankin, and it s absolutely dripping with that damp and earthy English folklore atmosphere, which is pretty much my favorite sort of atmosphere to read about Also, the historical flashbacks about a young witch are fantastic You know the author s good when she makes the reader empathize with the villain, even after the villain has done many terrible things Super excited for B Loved, loved, loved this I m such a fan of Barraclough s writing This one seemed a bit darkerYA ish than Long Lankin, and it s absolutely dripping with that damp and earthy English folklore atmosphere, which is pretty much my favorite sort of atmosphere to read about Also, the historical flashbacks about a young witch are fantastic You know the author s good when she makes the reader empathize with the villain, even after the villain has done many terrible things Super excited for Barraclough s next book, and I so recommend this and Long Lankin to anyone in the mood for a very classy, well written horror story My rating 2.5 of 5 starsI am bound here, for as long as there are Guerdons in the world, I must be in it And they have returned to the marshlands to meIt s been four years since Cora and Mimi lived to tell the tale of Long Lankin The two girls survived, however, the scars they acquired are hidden beneath their skin After their father recently came into an inheritance, their Auntie Ida s rundown mansion, he tells them that they re moving to the village of Bryers Guerdon Right back My rating 2.5 of 5 starsI am bound here, for as long as there are Guerdons in the world, I must be in it And they have returned to the marshlands to meIt s been four years since Cora and Mimi lived to tell the tale of Long Lankin The two girls survived, however, the scars they acquired are hidden beneath their skin After their father recently came into an inheritance, their Auntie Ida s rundown mansion, he tells them that they re moving to the village of Bryers Guerdon Right back to where it all happened Long Lankin may no longer be a threat, but he wasn t the only one left to fear 400 years prior, a woman by the name of Aphra Rushes loved a leper who was known by the name of Long Lankin She was sentenced to death at a young age for murdering an infant and his mother, a spell with the intent to cure Lankin which had gone awry With her dying breath she placed a curse on the Guerdon line, who were responsible for her death Flash forward to the Halloween of 1962 and her ashes have risen up from the ground to fulfill the curse that she placed on the Guerdon family before she was covered in pitch and burned at the stakeI am the dust of charred bones and ashI ve considered Long Lankin to be one of my all time favorite gothic horror stories and news of a follow up story had me most eager even if I didn t understand the necessity There s a wonderful air of mystery to The Mark of Cain, a constant sense of impending catastrophe The writing itself is eloquent and I delighted in the eerie events depicted the old derelict mansion that was unsettling on its own yet the girls memories of their time spent there made it evenso, their temporary guardians that causeddiscontent than comfort due to their forever absent father, and the strange items that they would find around the house like the bundle of twigs tied with red twine or the archaic symbols sketched on the doors The pacing felt constantly off and I ultimately feel it should not have taken all 496 pages to reach the point we did The slow pacing could have been easily made up for if that sense of impending catastrophe was heightened just a smidge.The story is told mainly from the point of view of Cora who is now fifteen years old and is struggling to maintain a sense of normalcy for her eight year old sister Mimi The only trouble is, since Mimi was taken by Lankin she returned a changed child, able to see things normal people cannot Including the current terror haunting them in their new home Because we re told this story from the POV of Cora, there s a bit of a disconnect of knowledge that keeps the reader in the dark since Mimi refuses to discuss anything with Cora What I m assuming was intended was to add evenmystery to this story, but it only caused the story to falter leaving it feeling all very subdued as if Cora wasn t actually experiencing it all firsthand Regardless of the fact that Mimi is only eight years old, having the story told from her point of view would have been a vast improvement.I ve come a long way in the horror genre since I read Long Lankin back in 2012 In that review I even admit to being a big weenie which I definitely wouldn t describe myself in terms of horror stories any Back then it took some serious encouragement to read horror and now I d consider it one of my favorite genres Long Lankin was a most unsettling read, yet The Mark of Cain just didn t manage to leave me with the same impression I think it would be appropriate to actually describe this asGothic vs horror for curious readers This may not have completely worked for me, but this is a Gothic thriller that will no doubt please many I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This one is getting 3.5 stars from me It s not as good as Long Lankin, but it was still an enjoyably creepy read with lots of atmosphere Long Lankin scared the crap out of me The year I read that book I pushed it on anyone and everyone that I could I d still recommend itthan most books, especially if you are looking for a Gothic read, and I know Gothic books are gettingandpopular lately, it seems.Psychological horror is my favorite, favorite thing, in movies and in books I This one is getting 3.5 stars from me It s not as good as Long Lankin, but it was still an enjoyably creepy read with lots of atmosphere Long Lankin scared the crap out of me The year I read that book I pushed it on anyone and everyone that I could I d still recommend itthan most books, especially if you are looking for a Gothic read, and I know Gothic books are gettingandpopular lately, it seems.Psychological horror is my favorite, favorite thing, in movies and in books I find the unknowableterrifying than the knowable That is to say, I don t find gory stuff scary at all, just gross It s a very rare film or book that can pull off both I should do a post on that at some point At any rate, The Mark of Cain is definitelyGothic than horror as I didn t find it nearly as scary as LL I still really liked it though because it brought back my favorite characters and a setting that has remained memorable in my mind for a very long time, especially the church I guess the reason I didn t really like it quite as much as because it didn t do as much for me emotionally I definitely enjoyed the flashback scenes the most, because it created sympathy for the antagonist and Cain Lankin himself, and explained how the curse came to be But I also sort of felt like LL didn t need a sequel, even though it was a fun read It s not that I think it tarnished the original book s legacy or anything like that, but it was not quite up to that standard either The story arc wasn t as good, and neither was the imagery I had a hard time picturing where things were located, and that is not an issue I had with the first book Also, the fact that the girls had to move back to this estate where something horrible happened to them and their father just kind of shrugged it off and pretty much deserted them there felt sort of unrealistic to me I m find with the absentee parent trope, but this went a bit too far for me.All that said, I still really enjoyed it and thought parts of it were creepy, and I liked the idea of the book and things like the witch bottles, and the flashback scenes, like I said, and I did enjoy the ending So I do recommend it, but with reservations You don t HAVE to read it if you don t want to

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