by Emma Tennant
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Pub Date 14 Jan 2021 | Archive Date 06 Aug 2021
What is the root of evil? Is it born out of anguish, out of hopelessness? Does it linger after the death of the evil-doer? Could evil, possibly, seep through the pages of a book?
After Emily Bronte’s death, Henry Newby – nephew of Bronte’s publisher – is dispatched to her home in Haworth Parsonage to retrieve an unpublished manuscript. Upon his arrival on this stormy night, he finds pages burning in a fire. Fearing this is the manuscript he’s been sent for, he rescues what he can from the flames.
Sheltered from the howling wind and the lashing rain, Henry reads long into the night. And as he does, the line between truth and fiction blurs…
Poring over the pages, Henry begins to wonder whether this narrative is in fact the work of fiction he was sent to recover – or something more sinister, more insidious. Is the spirit of Emily still lingering, spilling the black soul of Heathcliff among the flame and ashes?
Alone, afraid, and tormented, Henry must piece together the enigma of Heathcliff before the night catches up with him…
In this chilling tale that revisits Wuthering Heights, Tennant shines a sliver of light on the mysteries surrounding Emily Bronte and brings her to life in enthralling and unexpected ways.
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Average rating from 23 members
Dark Wuthering Heights is a divisive book. Though much of it is disturbing and shocking for its time, it is a work of art, a Classic, beautifully written. Emma Tennant takes this a step further as she writes about the ghastly and cruel character of Heathcliff and his obsession with his equally obsessed Cathy and how she feels it could have gone.
Part parody, part fiction and part nonfiction (which presumably would be tricky to do!) the story includes the Bronte family members as well as Wuthering Heights characters plus new characters, particularly that of a lawyer who seeks to learn more by locating a burnt manuscript. This takes him down a ghostly twisty turny path as he has encounters which are closer than he would like. He fears he himself is going mad. So does his uncle. I love that the book is partly epistolary and written with various character perspectives including Isabella's views. I have read and re-read all of the Bronte sister books over and over so was ecstatic to see this.
Though parts of the book aren't believable (Branwell's role) or accurate, I enjoyed it purely for its intriguing fiction and perspectives. Much-maligned Heathcliff is definitely a psychological study to be reckoned with! What a great topic to write about.
My sincere thank you to Agora Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this fascinating re-publication in exchange for an honest review. It was a fun read!
A revisit to Wuthering Heights, the tale and the characters therein - gaps filled and storyline expanded and characters explored, particularly the origin of Heathcliff- in an interesting and engaging narrative. Enjoy as a piece of fiction, an entertaining ghost story in its’ own right.
A book that drew me right in brought me back to Wuthering heights .This is lyrically written full of haunting scenes atmosphere a truly excellent read.#netgalley #agorabooks
An atmospheric and fascinating book that filled some gaps in the Wuthering Heights but it's also a gripping story on its own.
I liked the style of writing and think it's well researched and well written
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine