Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Bittersweet - Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Suspenseful and cinematic, Bittersweet exposes the gothic underbelly of an American dynasty, and an outsider's hunger to belong.

On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it's the kind of place where swimming boldly is required and the children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour. Mabel falls in love with the midnight skinny-dips, the wet dog smell lingering in the air, the moneyed laughter carrying across the still lake, and before she knows it, she has everything she's ever wanted: wealth, friendship, a boyfriend, and, most of all, the sense, for the first time in her life, that she belongs.

But as Mabel becomes an insider, she makes a terrible discovery, which leads to shocking violence and the revelation of the true source of the Winslows' fortune. Mabel must choose: either expose the ugliness surrounding her and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family’s dark secrets and redefine what is good and what is evil, in the interest of what can be hers. 

My thoughts:
When I started this one I could not put it down, I read for hours, enthralled by the lyrical prose. It was such great language and a well crafted story.

Awkward Mabel' has a cool roommate who invites her to stay at their family cottage, make that cottages. They have a lot of them and each family member has one of their own when they are old enough. Mabel comes out of her shell, but at the same time is that truly a good thing? Are the Winslows good people? I liked her mind, but the world is grey, and that is shown.

Her friend Ev is all over the place with her own secrets. The book is about Mabel realizing she is quite alone there. Making her own friends, digging into family archives. Something sinister lies at the bottom of this place. As the story progresses the tone changes in a way, makes the prose haunted and hunted for that matter too. And the secrets that unfold, they are quite the secrets indeed. The title fits well too, the end is truly bittersweet.

Conclusion:
It's a book you will not be able to put down, and one book that I do recommend you to try.

Cover
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Hardcover, 400 pages /Fiction
Published May 13th 2014 by Crown
For review


48 comments:

  1. This sounds like a book I would like!

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  2. That's a very soothing cover.

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  3. Sounds like a creepy good read. The cover didn't scream read me, but now I am curious.

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    1. The cover shows the beauty that they show the outside

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  4. Been a long time since I've read a book that has a lyrical prose, the last one was Anne Rice's Wolves of Midwinter.

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    1. Well I mean it's not lyrical for everyone, but for me it was

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  5. I have a copy of this and wasn't too interested in it but now I really want to read it! I need to know the secret!

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    1. Oh yes the secret, my lips are sealed

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  6. This sounds like a beautiful, gorgeous novel. But I have to wonder, why would someone name their summer cottage estate "Bittersweet"? It's a pretty name for sure, but summer cottages should be all pleasure! :P

    ~Mogsy

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    1. Well...read about the family and you will know ;) And there are a LOT of cottages

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  7. I have this to read too. You made me want to start it next!

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  8. Ooooh - I don't know. I'm not a fan of *bittersweet* endings lol but it sounds beautiful.

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    1. I do not know what to say, it was bittersweet so yeah good and bad

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  9. Saw this earlier today and definitely want to read this book.

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  10. Lyrcal prose and bittersweet ending? Pffft, I'm SO in!

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  11. wow, Bittersweet sounds great, especially if you could not put it down.

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  12. it sounds like a great book and I'm glad you had a great time with it. But I'm not sure it's for me...

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    1. I get that, it's not for everyone

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  13. This sounds wonderful! Added ;)

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  14. I hear music....*DUN DUN DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA*
    This sounds rather good. :P

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    1. I am sure this one would work on audio ;)

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  16. Love a book I simply cannot put down! Also? I want to live in that house on the lake. So pretty (if a little eerie in the context of the story).

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    1. I want that too, alas, maybe one day

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  17. I must read this one! It sounds so good and I love the cover.

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  18. I have this one, I just haven't gotten a chance to read it yet.

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  19. I've been debating whether to buy this book. I think I should.

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    1. I truly enjoyed it. A good pice of fiction

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  20. I like the sound of this one, might see if it's available on audio :)

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  21. Sounds good B, I will keep an eye open if I see it somewhere.

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