The White Forest

The White Forest

Book - 2012
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In the bestselling tradition of The Night Circus and Sarah Waters's The Little Stranger , Adam McOmber's hauntingly original debut novel follows a young woman in Victorian England whose peculiar abilities help her infiltrate a mysterious secret society.

In this hauntingly original debut novel about a young woman whose peculiar abilities help her infiltrate a mysterious secret society, Adam McOmber uses fantastical twists and dark turns to create a fast-paced, unforgettable story.

Young Jane Silverlake lives with her father in a crumbling family estate on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Jane has a secret--an unexplainable gift that allows her to see the souls of man-made objects--and this talent isolates her from the outside world. Her greatest joy is wandering the wild heath with her neighbors, Madeline and Nathan. But as the friends come of age, their idyll is shattered by the feelings both girls develop for Nathan, and by Nathan's interest in a cult led by Ariston Day, a charismatic mystic popular with London's elite. Day encourages his followers to explore dream manipulation with the goal of discovering a strange hidden world, a place he calls the Empyrean.

A year later, Nathan has vanished, and the famed Inspector Vidocq arrives in London to untangle the events that led up to Nathan's disappearance. As a sinister truth emerges, Jane realizes she must discover the origins of her talent, and use it to find Nathan herself, before it's too late.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
ISBN: 9781451664256
Branch Call Number: FIC MCO
Characteristics: 303 p. ; 25 cm


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Mar 12, 2017

This is overall a very interesting book. I grabbed this while waiting for my 'on hold' books that seem to be taking some time. The superficial powers and setting up the world was well-described in the book as setting the scenery engulfed one's creative imagination. I was hoping to have more of quite stronger ending and a very entertaining battle.

Jan 02, 2014

Wonderfully engrossing story of a young woman with an extraordinary talent - man made things speak to her in colours and sound. However this talent does not save her dearest friend from being swept away and she must use all of her senses to find him. Gothic fantasy recreates 19th century London with all of the eras fascination of the occult and dark arts. This book made me think of another great gothic read - The Seance by John Harwood.

May 10, 2013

I'm not sure the world created here is as stange and mysterious was intended but the heroine is interesting and I enjoyed the transformation of her character.

Nov 06, 2012

One weird book. So much so that I can't rate it.

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