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The Story Keeper de Anna Mazzola (author)
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The Story Keeper (2018 original; edició 2019)

de Anna Mazzola (author) (Autor)

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Audrey Hart is on the Isle of Skye to collect the folk and fairy tales of the people and communities around her. It is 1857 and the Highland Clearances have left devastation and poverty, and a community riven by fear. The crofters are suspicious and hostile to a stranger, claiming they no longer know their fireside stories. Then Audrey discovers the body of a young girl washed up on the beach and the crofters reveal that it is only a matter of weeks since another girl disappeared. They believe the girls are the victims of the restless dead: spirits who take the form of birds. Initially, Audrey is sure the girls are being abducted, but as events accumulate she begins to wonder if something else is at work. Something which may be linked to the death of her own mother, many years before.… (més)
Membre:lmckreads
Títol:The Story Keeper
Autors:Anna Mazzola (author) (Autor)
Informació:Tinder Press (2019)
Col·leccions:Llegit, però no el tinc
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:Read 2019

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The Story Keeper de Anna Mazzola (2018)

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I absolutely adored Anna Mazzola's debut, The Unseeing, so wild horses couldn't have stopped me from reading The Story Keeper. As soon as I opened the book, I was instantly transported to 19th century Isle of Skye as Anna Mazzola describes the scenery in such vivid detail that I felt as if I was looking out of our protagonist, Audrey's very own eyes.

A book that gives you goosebumps is always a good sign and boy, did I get goosebumps whilst reading this. I am partial to an odd fairy tale or two but the fairy folklore in this book will give you nightmares rather than sparkly dreams; the little people on the Isle of Skye are BAD! As well as the bad fairies, there are restless spirits and something or someone is causing young girls to disappear. Audrey, following in the footsteps of her mother, came to Skye to collect folklore but she ends up looking into the mysterious disappearances on the island...but what darkness is she about to uncover?

The Story Keeper will appeal to many readers as it very cleverly spans so many genres. In addition to the depiction of real historical events, it has dark, gothic and atmospheric scenery, fantasy folklore and a spine-tingling mystery at its heart. Due to the utterly spellbinding and brilliantly peculiar story line, it is one of those books that I found myself racing through but equally didn't want it to end.

The Story Keeper is a deliciously dark, atmospheric tale with real Scottish folklore that gave me goosebumps and made me look over my shoulder a few times. With magic and mystery at play, absolutely anything could happen and this kept me on my toes from start to finish, leaving me wide-eyed in surprise as the story reached its conclusion. With this superb addition to her catalogue, Anna Mazzola has firmly secured a place as one of my favourite authors. A very highly recommended read.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion. ( )
  Michelle.Ryles | Mar 9, 2020 |
The Isle of Skye, reeling from the Clearances, is the perfect atmospheric setting for Anna Mazzola's Gothic suspense novel, The Story Keeper. Newly arrived from London, young Audrey Hart is eager to begin collecting folk and fairy tales. But the locals are distrustful. To them, Audrey represents the people who burned so many of them out of their homes, the people who stole friends and family and sold them as slaves in America, the people who have forbidden them to speak their own language and share their own stories. It doesn't even really help if Audrey tells them that her mother was a Scot who often visited Skye to collect stories. Too much pain, so many losses, have colored the way these people feel-- and who can blame them?

The Story Keeper comes close to being the typical Gothic suspense novel (creepy house, strange behavior from the locals, bad weather, etc.), but Mazzola weaves so much of the life of the people into her story that it rises above the genre. And Audrey isn't the typical naïve heroine. She has an a-ha moment that should make all readers stop and think when she's "...wondering how many crimes had been concealed by claims of the mystical." Once she has that thought, The Story Keeper transforms from a typical Gothic novel to a murder mystery.

I really enjoyed The Story Keeper for the descriptions of the Isle of Skye, for the weaving of social history into the narrative, for the folk and fairy tales, and for its murder mystery (even though it wasn't very difficult to deduce the villains). I'll definitely be on the lookout for more of Mazzola's writing. ( )
  cathyskye | Dec 9, 2019 |
I love books set on islands, especially Scottish islands, so The Story Keeper had a massive appeal for me immediately based purely on the setting of the Isle of Skye. It's an island I have been to so I was able to visualise the places referred to in the story which was an added bonus.

I find myself more drawn to historical fiction these days than ever before and when it's as wonderful, as well-written and as absorbing as this then I know I've made the right reading choice.

We follow Audrey Hart as she leaves her home in London in 1857 and travels to Skye to help Miss Buchanan of Lanerly Hall in her collection of forklore. She has a special connection to the fairy and folk tales as her mother had also been a collector. But darker forces are at work as young girls start to go missing and the lines between fact and fiction start to blur. Are spirits taking the girls or is it the work of a malevolent human?

Right from the start this is a book that is oozing with atmosphere. There's a claustrophobic island feel to it, especially with Audrey being an incomer. The locals are suspicious of her and she finds it hard to get them to share their traditional stories with her. I admired Audrey's determination and her strength in her pursuit of the tales, in fact I liked her as a character very much.

I found there to be a really strong sense of place throughout. The Highland clearances have just taken place where people were forced out of their homes and left with nothing. It's quite a sad sort of a story and it really burrowed its way into the heart of me. I thought the whole book was utterly fascinating really, so original, so interesting and compelling.

The ending was a surprise, with two developments that I never saw coming, one of which I wished hadn't happened and one which I thought was a lovely turn of events. I closed the book with a sense of satisfaction at having read a truly fabulous story. Anna Mazzola's writing is evocative and lyrical and she has produced something truly special in The Story Keeper. ( )
  nicx27 | Jan 10, 2019 |
After the death of her mother and her father's remarriage Audrey moves to London where her family tries to make a lady out of her. When she witnesses abuse in her voluntary work she finds that she is not believed and takes a job on the Isle of Skye working with a folklorist. This is Audrey's real passion and she finds an escape in the stories. However when girls start disappearing and links are made with folk tales Audrey finds fact and fiction blurring.

I loved Anna Mazzola's first novel and this one is even better. there is a wonderful passion to the setting on Skye, and a genuine love of the old tales. The story mixes in the same streak of social conscious that the previous book (The Unseeing) had, here about the role of women in Victorian society and also the unjust nature of the Highlands Clearance. Add in the supernatural element, which is often overplayed in writing but here is judged perfectly, and a gripping tale - it is clear that this is a writer who is progressing in leaps and bounds and I look forward to more. ( )
1 vota pluckedhighbrow | Sep 17, 2018 |
What a fabulous book! This is a great eerie mystery set on the Isle of Skye in 1857, an island idevastated at that time by the Highland Clearances. It’s a world full of superstition and fairy stories. Audrey Hart jumps at the chance to travel to Skye, the place where she used to holiday with her mother, when she is invited there to collect folk tales. However, it’s not long before a body of a young girl is found washed up on the beach and then Audrey discovers that another girl went missing a short while previously. She starts to wonder if these occurrences could be linked to her mother’s death.

This is a beautifully written, imaginative and atmospheric story with an overtone of menace throughout. The crofters’ fascinating folk tales just add so much to the feeling of doom and uneasiness. I can quite understand how they would think that the tales would make sense of a world which must have appeared so bleak sometimes. The descriptions of Skye are so very vivid and dramatic, such a fantastic, moody setting! Plenty of twists and turns in this intriguing and well paced mystery, too, with a cast of complex and interesting characters.

The Story Keeper is very much a page turner. I couldn’t put it down. I loved it! Can you tell? 😁 ( )
1 vota VanessaCW | Jul 20, 2018 |
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Audrey Hart is on the Isle of Skye to collect the folk and fairy tales of the people and communities around her. It is 1857 and the Highland Clearances have left devastation and poverty, and a community riven by fear. The crofters are suspicious and hostile to a stranger, claiming they no longer know their fireside stories. Then Audrey discovers the body of a young girl washed up on the beach and the crofters reveal that it is only a matter of weeks since another girl disappeared. They believe the girls are the victims of the restless dead: spirits who take the form of birds. Initially, Audrey is sure the girls are being abducted, but as events accumulate she begins to wonder if something else is at work. Something which may be linked to the death of her own mother, many years before.

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