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A debut novel for fans of Sarah Perry and Kate Morton: When a young woman is tasked with safeguarding a natural history collection as it is spirited out of London during World War II, she discovers her new manor home is a place of secrets and terror instead of protection.

In August 1939, 30-year-old Hetty Cartwright arrives at Lockwood Manor to oversee a natural history museum collection, whose contents have been taken out of London for safekeeping. She is unprepared for the scale of protecting her charges from party guests, wild animals, the elements, the tyrannical Major Lockwood and Luftwaffe bombs. Most of all, she is unprepared for the beautiful and haunted Lucy Lockwood.

For Lucy, who has spent much of her life cloistered at Lockwood suffering from bad nerves, the arrival of the museum brings with it new freedoms. But it also resurfaces memories of her late mother, and nightmares in which Lucy roams Lockwood hunting for something she has lost.

When the animals appear to move of their own accord, and exhibits go missing, they begin to wonder what exactly it is that they might need protection from. And as the disasters mount up, it is not only Hetty’s future employment that is in danger, but her own sanity too. There’s something, or someone, in the house. Someone stalking her through its darkened corridors....

©2020 Jane Healey (P)2021 HMH Adult Audio

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It's not about the animals

...or at least it's not about the non-human animals. This book is completely different than what I was expecting based on the description. I launched into the book thinking it would feature a new twist on the classic mystery genre with lots of interesting details on natural history, zoology, museum studies, etc. Instead, the animals are only tangential to the plot. The book is mostly about a woman exploring her sexuality, finding love, and dealing with adversity. There's very little mystery here, though the descriptions of the manor house send shivers up your spine. For the most part, the narration is excellent, though I found it difficult to distinguish between the voices of the two main characters and had to backtrack to determine who was speaking.

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Slow, boring, couldn't finish

Soooo slow, annoying characters, massively undeveloped plot. Too bad, because it the premise was interesting and the writing was pretty good. The narrator did not differentiate effectively between the two protagonists. I gave up halfway.

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Not a good representation of Healy’s talent

After reading The Beantown Girls and Silent Secrets, Healy was my new favorite author. I regret that I found this book had too many boring details about animals and taxidermy. I suffered through the gay sex scenes just to try to find out why it had such good reviews. Never measured up, even with the twist at the end. Narration needs to start each chapter with who is talking.. Hettie or Lucy. It was often hard to tell.

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LGBTQ historical fiction

Definitely enjoyed the romance and mystery of it. one of the better historical fictions I've read in awhile.