The House on Vesper Sands

The House on Vesper Sands

?Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.? It is the winter of 1893, and in London the snow is falling. It is falling as Gideon Bliss seeks shelter in a Soho church, where he finds Angie Tatton lying before the altar. His one-time love is at death?s door, murmuring about brightness and black air, and about those she calls the Spiriters. In the morning she is gone. The ?Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.? It is the winter of 1893, and in London the sno...

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Title:The House on Vesper Sands
Author:Paraic O'Donnell
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Genres:Historical
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:372 pages pages

The House on Vesper Sands Reviews

  • Blair
    Oct 21, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

  • Andy Weston
    Oct 26, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

  • Nancy Oakes
    Dec 07, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

  • Jo
    Dec 06, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

    It's the late Victorian era and a seamstress is locked in a room in a lord's house to complete a project for him. She finds a way out and throws herself off the roof. Meanwhile, Gideon Bliss is seeking his missing uncle when he comes across a young woman he knows in a church who seems ...

  • Naomi Key
    Dec 29, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

    It's the late Victorian era and a seamstress is locked in a room in a lord's house to complete a project for him. She finds a way out and throws herself off the roof. Meanwhile, Gideon Bliss is seeking his missing uncle when he comes across a young woman he knows in a church who seems ...

    (4.5) This is the book thatáThe Wicked Cometháwanted to be. Young women are disappearing from London's East End, mostly orphans and servants that few, if any, will miss. A seamstress throws herself from the top of a lord's Mayfair townhouse; at the autopsy, a cryptic message is fo...

    An interesting story well told. I particularly enjoyed the sense of humour running through this book. ...

    Na´ve Cambridge undergraduate Gideon Bliss is intrigued and quite pleased to receive a request for help from his normally cold and distant uncle and guardian, the do-gooding clergymen Herbert Neuilly who devotes himself to assisting vulnerable young women fallen on hard times in Londo...

    "Lady Ada greeted this with a strange silence. She turned after a moment to the window. 'The wreck will be disturbed,' she remarked as if to herself. 'After aong spell of calm, it often appears that the sands will smother it entirely, then a storm comes and one wakes to find it exposed...

    I was really looking forward to this novel as I have read & loved similar books in this genre this year such as The Wicked Cometh & The Way of All Flesh. It started off really well but sadly I lost interest quickly & lots of things really started to irritate me not least...

    I thought this book was a bit of a mish mash, and it was some time before it became clear whether this was a detective novel or a ghost story, or a hybrid (it turned out to be the latter). The setting of Victorian London and society is well described but it was hard to get to grips wit...

    Great characters in an entertainingly witty and occasionally sweary Victorian supernatural romp. It's a slight negative that the first chapter doesn't capture this tone, though, and that what you might call choreography is sometimes under-described, leaving you wondering where characte...

    At first I didn?t really get on with this. Too confusing, too many characters, too much necessary Victorian wordiness. But about halfway through it all started to come together, with the last 25% being exciting and tightly plotted. Good if you enjoy a Victorian detective with a smidg...

  • Chris
    Nov 01, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

    It's the late Victorian era and a seamstress is locked in a room in a lord's house to complete a project for him. She finds a way out and throws herself off the roof. Meanwhile, Gideon Bliss is seeking his missing uncle when he comes across a young woman he knows in a church who seems ...

    (4.5) This is the book thatáThe Wicked Cometháwanted to be. Young women are disappearing from London's East End, mostly orphans and servants that few, if any, will miss. A seamstress throws herself from the top of a lord's Mayfair townhouse; at the autopsy, a cryptic message is fo...

    An interesting story well told. I particularly enjoyed the sense of humour running through this book. ...

    Na´ve Cambridge undergraduate Gideon Bliss is intrigued and quite pleased to receive a request for help from his normally cold and distant uncle and guardian, the do-gooding clergymen Herbert Neuilly who devotes himself to assisting vulnerable young women fallen on hard times in Londo...

    "Lady Ada greeted this with a strange silence. She turned after a moment to the window. 'The wreck will be disturbed,' she remarked as if to herself. 'After aong spell of calm, it often appears that the sands will smother it entirely, then a storm comes and one wakes to find it exposed...

    I was really looking forward to this novel as I have read & loved similar books in this genre this year such as The Wicked Cometh & The Way of All Flesh. It started off really well but sadly I lost interest quickly & lots of things really started to irritate me not least...

    I thought this book was a bit of a mish mash, and it was some time before it became clear whether this was a detective novel or a ghost story, or a hybrid (it turned out to be the latter). The setting of Victorian London and society is well described but it was hard to get to grips wit...

    Great characters in an entertainingly witty and occasionally sweary Victorian supernatural romp. It's a slight negative that the first chapter doesn't capture this tone, though, and that what you might call choreography is sometimes under-described, leaving you wondering where characte...

    At first I didn?t really get on with this. Too confusing, too many characters, too much necessary Victorian wordiness. But about halfway through it all started to come together, with the last 25% being exciting and tightly plotted. Good if you enjoy a Victorian detective with a smidg...

    I tried very hard to power through this book but when I found myself skipping whole pages I decided to call it a day. I was actually surprised to realise I was about halfway through. I generally love historical fiction but it felt so false and uncomfortable to read. The dialogue wa...

    Enjoyable gothic crime romp. O?Donnell?s prose is beautiful at times. I just felt the ending was a little predictable and that Hartington was a little too much the languid Wildean stereotype to be quite believable. Thought the villain ?monologuing? near the end was a little woo...

    My friend handed this book to me and said she never wanted to read anything as creepy as this again! Well it was certainly unsettling but the writing was beautiful and the plot so well crafted. A story of love, death and desire in London some time ago. ...

    An engaging if not particularly challenging fun pre-Christmas read- but not a truly spooky ghost story, nor yet a police procedural. It feels a little like it could be made into a Sunday tv series without too much fuss. Definitely worth whiling away a cold evening in front of the fire ...

    I so wanted to like this book more than I did. Great characters, interesting plot but unfortunately the story seemed to get lost along the way. I did however love the book cover. ...

    Really didn?t like this story. Sorry Long winded with far too much pointless dialogue. ...

    Very enjoyable gothic-supernatural mystery, and Inspector Cutter is a blisteringly-good grump. ...

    Solid read - I was entertained! ...

    This novel was not quite what I had expected; I was prepared for the usual wintry streets of Victorian London and the seamy underbelly of the city, but this book had a magical, slightly spiritual turn which I had not anticipated. The two stars of the tale, who orbit one another through...

    Well, all very well done and a good deal of fun no doubt but after the beguiling strangeness of his first novel, The Maker of Swans, this is something of a disappointment. ...

  • Ova - Excuse My Reading
    Nov 28, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

  • Sue
    Feb 02, 2019

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

    It's the late Victorian era and a seamstress is locked in a room in a lord's house to complete a project for him. She finds a way out and throws herself off the roof. Meanwhile, Gideon Bliss is seeking his missing uncle when he comes across a young woman he knows in a church who seems ...

    (4.5) This is the book thatáThe Wicked Cometháwanted to be. Young women are disappearing from London's East End, mostly orphans and servants that few, if any, will miss. A seamstress throws herself from the top of a lord's Mayfair townhouse; at the autopsy, a cryptic message is fo...

    An interesting story well told. I particularly enjoyed the sense of humour running through this book. ...

    Na´ve Cambridge undergraduate Gideon Bliss is intrigued and quite pleased to receive a request for help from his normally cold and distant uncle and guardian, the do-gooding clergymen Herbert Neuilly who devotes himself to assisting vulnerable young women fallen on hard times in Londo...

    "Lady Ada greeted this with a strange silence. She turned after a moment to the window. 'The wreck will be disturbed,' she remarked as if to herself. 'After aong spell of calm, it often appears that the sands will smother it entirely, then a storm comes and one wakes to find it exposed...

    I was really looking forward to this novel as I have read & loved similar books in this genre this year such as The Wicked Cometh & The Way of All Flesh. It started off really well but sadly I lost interest quickly & lots of things really started to irritate me not least...

    I thought this book was a bit of a mish mash, and it was some time before it became clear whether this was a detective novel or a ghost story, or a hybrid (it turned out to be the latter). The setting of Victorian London and society is well described but it was hard to get to grips wit...

    Great characters in an entertainingly witty and occasionally sweary Victorian supernatural romp. It's a slight negative that the first chapter doesn't capture this tone, though, and that what you might call choreography is sometimes under-described, leaving you wondering where characte...

    At first I didn?t really get on with this. Too confusing, too many characters, too much necessary Victorian wordiness. But about halfway through it all started to come together, with the last 25% being exciting and tightly plotted. Good if you enjoy a Victorian detective with a smidg...

    I tried very hard to power through this book but when I found myself skipping whole pages I decided to call it a day. I was actually surprised to realise I was about halfway through. I generally love historical fiction but it felt so false and uncomfortable to read. The dialogue wa...

    Enjoyable gothic crime romp. O?Donnell?s prose is beautiful at times. I just felt the ending was a little predictable and that Hartington was a little too much the languid Wildean stereotype to be quite believable. Thought the villain ?monologuing? near the end was a little woo...

    My friend handed this book to me and said she never wanted to read anything as creepy as this again! Well it was certainly unsettling but the writing was beautiful and the plot so well crafted. A story of love, death and desire in London some time ago. ...

  • Eleanor
    Nov 02, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

    It's the late Victorian era and a seamstress is locked in a room in a lord's house to complete a project for him. She finds a way out and throws herself off the roof. Meanwhile, Gideon Bliss is seeking his missing uncle when he comes across a young woman he knows in a church who seems ...

    (4.5) This is the book thatáThe Wicked Cometháwanted to be. Young women are disappearing from London's East End, mostly orphans and servants that few, if any, will miss. A seamstress throws herself from the top of a lord's Mayfair townhouse; at the autopsy, a cryptic message is fo...

  • Stuart Dredge
    Jan 09, 2019

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

    It's the late Victorian era and a seamstress is locked in a room in a lord's house to complete a project for him. She finds a way out and throws herself off the roof. Meanwhile, Gideon Bliss is seeking his missing uncle when he comes across a young woman he knows in a church who seems ...

    (4.5) This is the book thatáThe Wicked Cometháwanted to be. Young women are disappearing from London's East End, mostly orphans and servants that few, if any, will miss. A seamstress throws herself from the top of a lord's Mayfair townhouse; at the autopsy, a cryptic message is fo...

    An interesting story well told. I particularly enjoyed the sense of humour running through this book. ...

    Na´ve Cambridge undergraduate Gideon Bliss is intrigued and quite pleased to receive a request for help from his normally cold and distant uncle and guardian, the do-gooding clergymen Herbert Neuilly who devotes himself to assisting vulnerable young women fallen on hard times in Londo...

    "Lady Ada greeted this with a strange silence. She turned after a moment to the window. 'The wreck will be disturbed,' she remarked as if to herself. 'After aong spell of calm, it often appears that the sands will smother it entirely, then a storm comes and one wakes to find it exposed...

    I was really looking forward to this novel as I have read & loved similar books in this genre this year such as The Wicked Cometh & The Way of All Flesh. It started off really well but sadly I lost interest quickly & lots of things really started to irritate me not least...

    I thought this book was a bit of a mish mash, and it was some time before it became clear whether this was a detective novel or a ghost story, or a hybrid (it turned out to be the latter). The setting of Victorian London and society is well described but it was hard to get to grips wit...

    Great characters in an entertainingly witty and occasionally sweary Victorian supernatural romp. It's a slight negative that the first chapter doesn't capture this tone, though, and that what you might call choreography is sometimes under-described, leaving you wondering where characte...

    At first I didn?t really get on with this. Too confusing, too many characters, too much necessary Victorian wordiness. But about halfway through it all started to come together, with the last 25% being exciting and tightly plotted. Good if you enjoy a Victorian detective with a smidg...

    I tried very hard to power through this book but when I found myself skipping whole pages I decided to call it a day. I was actually surprised to realise I was about halfway through. I generally love historical fiction but it felt so false and uncomfortable to read. The dialogue wa...

    Enjoyable gothic crime romp. O?Donnell?s prose is beautiful at times. I just felt the ending was a little predictable and that Hartington was a little too much the languid Wildean stereotype to be quite believable. Thought the villain ?monologuing? near the end was a little woo...

    My friend handed this book to me and said she never wanted to read anything as creepy as this again! Well it was certainly unsettling but the writing was beautiful and the plot so well crafted. A story of love, death and desire in London some time ago. ...

    An engaging if not particularly challenging fun pre-Christmas read- but not a truly spooky ghost story, nor yet a police procedural. It feels a little like it could be made into a Sunday tv series without too much fuss. Definitely worth whiling away a cold evening in front of the fire ...

    I so wanted to like this book more than I did. Great characters, interesting plot but unfortunately the story seemed to get lost along the way. I did however love the book cover. ...

    Really didn?t like this story. Sorry Long winded with far too much pointless dialogue. ...

    Very enjoyable gothic-supernatural mystery, and Inspector Cutter is a blisteringly-good grump. ...

  • Darren Darker
    Dec 17, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

  • Jae
    Dec 05, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

    It's the late Victorian era and a seamstress is locked in a room in a lord's house to complete a project for him. She finds a way out and throws herself off the roof. Meanwhile, Gideon Bliss is seeking his missing uncle when he comes across a young woman he knows in a church who seems ...

    (4.5) This is the book thatáThe Wicked Cometháwanted to be. Young women are disappearing from London's East End, mostly orphans and servants that few, if any, will miss. A seamstress throws herself from the top of a lord's Mayfair townhouse; at the autopsy, a cryptic message is fo...

    An interesting story well told. I particularly enjoyed the sense of humour running through this book. ...

  • Lady R
    Dec 23, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

    It's the late Victorian era and a seamstress is locked in a room in a lord's house to complete a project for him. She finds a way out and throws herself off the roof. Meanwhile, Gideon Bliss is seeking his missing uncle when he comes across a young woman he knows in a church who seems ...

    (4.5) This is the book thatáThe Wicked Cometháwanted to be. Young women are disappearing from London's East End, mostly orphans and servants that few, if any, will miss. A seamstress throws herself from the top of a lord's Mayfair townhouse; at the autopsy, a cryptic message is fo...

    An interesting story well told. I particularly enjoyed the sense of humour running through this book. ...

    Na´ve Cambridge undergraduate Gideon Bliss is intrigued and quite pleased to receive a request for help from his normally cold and distant uncle and guardian, the do-gooding clergymen Herbert Neuilly who devotes himself to assisting vulnerable young women fallen on hard times in Londo...

    "Lady Ada greeted this with a strange silence. She turned after a moment to the window. 'The wreck will be disturbed,' she remarked as if to herself. 'After aong spell of calm, it often appears that the sands will smother it entirely, then a storm comes and one wakes to find it exposed...

    I was really looking forward to this novel as I have read & loved similar books in this genre this year such as The Wicked Cometh & The Way of All Flesh. It started off really well but sadly I lost interest quickly & lots of things really started to irritate me not least...

  • Antenna
    Dec 21, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

    It's the late Victorian era and a seamstress is locked in a room in a lord's house to complete a project for him. She finds a way out and throws herself off the roof. Meanwhile, Gideon Bliss is seeking his missing uncle when he comes across a young woman he knows in a church who seems ...

    (4.5) This is the book thatáThe Wicked Cometháwanted to be. Young women are disappearing from London's East End, mostly orphans and servants that few, if any, will miss. A seamstress throws herself from the top of a lord's Mayfair townhouse; at the autopsy, a cryptic message is fo...

    An interesting story well told. I particularly enjoyed the sense of humour running through this book. ...

    Na´ve Cambridge undergraduate Gideon Bliss is intrigued and quite pleased to receive a request for help from his normally cold and distant uncle and guardian, the do-gooding clergymen Herbert Neuilly who devotes himself to assisting vulnerable young women fallen on hard times in Londo...

  • Paul
    Dec 12, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

  • what.heather.loves
    Jan 03, 2019

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

    It's the late Victorian era and a seamstress is locked in a room in a lord's house to complete a project for him. She finds a way out and throws herself off the roof. Meanwhile, Gideon Bliss is seeking his missing uncle when he comes across a young woman he knows in a church who seems ...

    (4.5) This is the book thatáThe Wicked Cometháwanted to be. Young women are disappearing from London's East End, mostly orphans and servants that few, if any, will miss. A seamstress throws herself from the top of a lord's Mayfair townhouse; at the autopsy, a cryptic message is fo...

    An interesting story well told. I particularly enjoyed the sense of humour running through this book. ...

    Na´ve Cambridge undergraduate Gideon Bliss is intrigued and quite pleased to receive a request for help from his normally cold and distant uncle and guardian, the do-gooding clergymen Herbert Neuilly who devotes himself to assisting vulnerable young women fallen on hard times in Londo...

    "Lady Ada greeted this with a strange silence. She turned after a moment to the window. 'The wreck will be disturbed,' she remarked as if to herself. 'After aong spell of calm, it often appears that the sands will smother it entirely, then a storm comes and one wakes to find it exposed...

  • Leigh
    Jan 07, 2019

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

    It's the late Victorian era and a seamstress is locked in a room in a lord's house to complete a project for him. She finds a way out and throws herself off the roof. Meanwhile, Gideon Bliss is seeking his missing uncle when he comes across a young woman he knows in a church who seems ...

    (4.5) This is the book thatáThe Wicked Cometháwanted to be. Young women are disappearing from London's East End, mostly orphans and servants that few, if any, will miss. A seamstress throws herself from the top of a lord's Mayfair townhouse; at the autopsy, a cryptic message is fo...

    An interesting story well told. I particularly enjoyed the sense of humour running through this book. ...

    Na´ve Cambridge undergraduate Gideon Bliss is intrigued and quite pleased to receive a request for help from his normally cold and distant uncle and guardian, the do-gooding clergymen Herbert Neuilly who devotes himself to assisting vulnerable young women fallen on hard times in Londo...

    "Lady Ada greeted this with a strange silence. She turned after a moment to the window. 'The wreck will be disturbed,' she remarked as if to herself. 'After aong spell of calm, it often appears that the sands will smother it entirely, then a storm comes and one wakes to find it exposed...

    I was really looking forward to this novel as I have read & loved similar books in this genre this year such as The Wicked Cometh & The Way of All Flesh. It started off really well but sadly I lost interest quickly & lots of things really started to irritate me not least...

    I thought this book was a bit of a mish mash, and it was some time before it became clear whether this was a detective novel or a ghost story, or a hybrid (it turned out to be the latter). The setting of Victorian London and society is well described but it was hard to get to grips wit...

    Great characters in an entertainingly witty and occasionally sweary Victorian supernatural romp. It's a slight negative that the first chapter doesn't capture this tone, though, and that what you might call choreography is sometimes under-described, leaving you wondering where characte...

    At first I didn?t really get on with this. Too confusing, too many characters, too much necessary Victorian wordiness. But about halfway through it all started to come together, with the last 25% being exciting and tightly plotted. Good if you enjoy a Victorian detective with a smidg...

    I tried very hard to power through this book but when I found myself skipping whole pages I decided to call it a day. I was actually surprised to realise I was about halfway through. I generally love historical fiction but it felt so false and uncomfortable to read. The dialogue wa...

    Enjoyable gothic crime romp. O?Donnell?s prose is beautiful at times. I just felt the ending was a little predictable and that Hartington was a little too much the languid Wildean stereotype to be quite believable. Thought the villain ?monologuing? near the end was a little woo...

    My friend handed this book to me and said she never wanted to read anything as creepy as this again! Well it was certainly unsettling but the writing was beautiful and the plot so well crafted. A story of love, death and desire in London some time ago. ...

    An engaging if not particularly challenging fun pre-Christmas read- but not a truly spooky ghost story, nor yet a police procedural. It feels a little like it could be made into a Sunday tv series without too much fuss. Definitely worth whiling away a cold evening in front of the fire ...

    I so wanted to like this book more than I did. Great characters, interesting plot but unfortunately the story seemed to get lost along the way. I did however love the book cover. ...

    Really didn?t like this story. Sorry Long winded with far too much pointless dialogue. ...

    Very enjoyable gothic-supernatural mystery, and Inspector Cutter is a blisteringly-good grump. ...

    Solid read - I was entertained! ...

  • Annette Smith
    Jan 07, 2019

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

    It's the late Victorian era and a seamstress is locked in a room in a lord's house to complete a project for him. She finds a way out and throws herself off the roof. Meanwhile, Gideon Bliss is seeking his missing uncle when he comes across a young woman he knows in a church who seems ...

    (4.5) This is the book thatáThe Wicked Cometháwanted to be. Young women are disappearing from London's East End, mostly orphans and servants that few, if any, will miss. A seamstress throws herself from the top of a lord's Mayfair townhouse; at the autopsy, a cryptic message is fo...

    An interesting story well told. I particularly enjoyed the sense of humour running through this book. ...

    Na´ve Cambridge undergraduate Gideon Bliss is intrigued and quite pleased to receive a request for help from his normally cold and distant uncle and guardian, the do-gooding clergymen Herbert Neuilly who devotes himself to assisting vulnerable young women fallen on hard times in Londo...

    "Lady Ada greeted this with a strange silence. She turned after a moment to the window. 'The wreck will be disturbed,' she remarked as if to herself. 'After aong spell of calm, it often appears that the sands will smother it entirely, then a storm comes and one wakes to find it exposed...

    I was really looking forward to this novel as I have read & loved similar books in this genre this year such as The Wicked Cometh & The Way of All Flesh. It started off really well but sadly I lost interest quickly & lots of things really started to irritate me not least...

    I thought this book was a bit of a mish mash, and it was some time before it became clear whether this was a detective novel or a ghost story, or a hybrid (it turned out to be the latter). The setting of Victorian London and society is well described but it was hard to get to grips wit...

    Great characters in an entertainingly witty and occasionally sweary Victorian supernatural romp. It's a slight negative that the first chapter doesn't capture this tone, though, and that what you might call choreography is sometimes under-described, leaving you wondering where characte...

    At first I didn?t really get on with this. Too confusing, too many characters, too much necessary Victorian wordiness. But about halfway through it all started to come together, with the last 25% being exciting and tightly plotted. Good if you enjoy a Victorian detective with a smidg...

    I tried very hard to power through this book but when I found myself skipping whole pages I decided to call it a day. I was actually surprised to realise I was about halfway through. I generally love historical fiction but it felt so false and uncomfortable to read. The dialogue wa...

    Enjoyable gothic crime romp. O?Donnell?s prose is beautiful at times. I just felt the ending was a little predictable and that Hartington was a little too much the languid Wildean stereotype to be quite believable. Thought the villain ?monologuing? near the end was a little woo...

    My friend handed this book to me and said she never wanted to read anything as creepy as this again! Well it was certainly unsettling but the writing was beautiful and the plot so well crafted. A story of love, death and desire in London some time ago. ...

    An engaging if not particularly challenging fun pre-Christmas read- but not a truly spooky ghost story, nor yet a police procedural. It feels a little like it could be made into a Sunday tv series without too much fuss. Definitely worth whiling away a cold evening in front of the fire ...

    I so wanted to like this book more than I did. Great characters, interesting plot but unfortunately the story seemed to get lost along the way. I did however love the book cover. ...

  • Liz Barnsley
    Sep 15, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

  • Alethea
    Nov 28, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

    It's the late Victorian era and a seamstress is locked in a room in a lord's house to complete a project for him. She finds a way out and throws herself off the roof. Meanwhile, Gideon Bliss is seeking his missing uncle when he comes across a young woman he knows in a church who seems ...

    (4.5) This is the book thatáThe Wicked Cometháwanted to be. Young women are disappearing from London's East End, mostly orphans and servants that few, if any, will miss. A seamstress throws herself from the top of a lord's Mayfair townhouse; at the autopsy, a cryptic message is fo...

    An interesting story well told. I particularly enjoyed the sense of humour running through this book. ...

    Na´ve Cambridge undergraduate Gideon Bliss is intrigued and quite pleased to receive a request for help from his normally cold and distant uncle and guardian, the do-gooding clergymen Herbert Neuilly who devotes himself to assisting vulnerable young women fallen on hard times in Londo...

    "Lady Ada greeted this with a strange silence. She turned after a moment to the window. 'The wreck will be disturbed,' she remarked as if to herself. 'After aong spell of calm, it often appears that the sands will smother it entirely, then a storm comes and one wakes to find it exposed...

    I was really looking forward to this novel as I have read & loved similar books in this genre this year such as The Wicked Cometh & The Way of All Flesh. It started off really well but sadly I lost interest quickly & lots of things really started to irritate me not least...

    I thought this book was a bit of a mish mash, and it was some time before it became clear whether this was a detective novel or a ghost story, or a hybrid (it turned out to be the latter). The setting of Victorian London and society is well described but it was hard to get to grips wit...

    Great characters in an entertainingly witty and occasionally sweary Victorian supernatural romp. It's a slight negative that the first chapter doesn't capture this tone, though, and that what you might call choreography is sometimes under-described, leaving you wondering where characte...

    At first I didn?t really get on with this. Too confusing, too many characters, too much necessary Victorian wordiness. But about halfway through it all started to come together, with the last 25% being exciting and tightly plotted. Good if you enjoy a Victorian detective with a smidg...

    I tried very hard to power through this book but when I found myself skipping whole pages I decided to call it a day. I was actually surprised to realise I was about halfway through. I generally love historical fiction but it felt so false and uncomfortable to read. The dialogue wa...

    Enjoyable gothic crime romp. O?Donnell?s prose is beautiful at times. I just felt the ending was a little predictable and that Hartington was a little too much the languid Wildean stereotype to be quite believable. Thought the villain ?monologuing? near the end was a little woo...

    My friend handed this book to me and said she never wanted to read anything as creepy as this again! Well it was certainly unsettling but the writing was beautiful and the plot so well crafted. A story of love, death and desire in London some time ago. ...

    An engaging if not particularly challenging fun pre-Christmas read- but not a truly spooky ghost story, nor yet a police procedural. It feels a little like it could be made into a Sunday tv series without too much fuss. Definitely worth whiling away a cold evening in front of the fire ...

    I so wanted to like this book more than I did. Great characters, interesting plot but unfortunately the story seemed to get lost along the way. I did however love the book cover. ...

    Really didn?t like this story. Sorry Long winded with far too much pointless dialogue. ...

    Very enjoyable gothic-supernatural mystery, and Inspector Cutter is a blisteringly-good grump. ...

    Solid read - I was entertained! ...

    This novel was not quite what I had expected; I was prepared for the usual wintry streets of Victorian London and the seamy underbelly of the city, but this book had a magical, slightly spiritual turn which I had not anticipated. The two stars of the tale, who orbit one another through...

  • Maggie
    Dec 22, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

    It's the late Victorian era and a seamstress is locked in a room in a lord's house to complete a project for him. She finds a way out and throws herself off the roof. Meanwhile, Gideon Bliss is seeking his missing uncle when he comes across a young woman he knows in a church who seems ...

    (4.5) This is the book thatáThe Wicked Cometháwanted to be. Young women are disappearing from London's East End, mostly orphans and servants that few, if any, will miss. A seamstress throws herself from the top of a lord's Mayfair townhouse; at the autopsy, a cryptic message is fo...

    An interesting story well told. I particularly enjoyed the sense of humour running through this book. ...

    Na´ve Cambridge undergraduate Gideon Bliss is intrigued and quite pleased to receive a request for help from his normally cold and distant uncle and guardian, the do-gooding clergymen Herbert Neuilly who devotes himself to assisting vulnerable young women fallen on hard times in Londo...

    "Lady Ada greeted this with a strange silence. She turned after a moment to the window. 'The wreck will be disturbed,' she remarked as if to herself. 'After aong spell of calm, it often appears that the sands will smother it entirely, then a storm comes and one wakes to find it exposed...

    I was really looking forward to this novel as I have read & loved similar books in this genre this year such as The Wicked Cometh & The Way of All Flesh. It started off really well but sadly I lost interest quickly & lots of things really started to irritate me not least...

    I thought this book was a bit of a mish mash, and it was some time before it became clear whether this was a detective novel or a ghost story, or a hybrid (it turned out to be the latter). The setting of Victorian London and society is well described but it was hard to get to grips wit...

    Great characters in an entertainingly witty and occasionally sweary Victorian supernatural romp. It's a slight negative that the first chapter doesn't capture this tone, though, and that what you might call choreography is sometimes under-described, leaving you wondering where characte...

    At first I didn?t really get on with this. Too confusing, too many characters, too much necessary Victorian wordiness. But about halfway through it all started to come together, with the last 25% being exciting and tightly plotted. Good if you enjoy a Victorian detective with a smidg...

    I tried very hard to power through this book but when I found myself skipping whole pages I decided to call it a day. I was actually surprised to realise I was about halfway through. I generally love historical fiction but it felt so false and uncomfortable to read. The dialogue wa...

    Enjoyable gothic crime romp. O?Donnell?s prose is beautiful at times. I just felt the ending was a little predictable and that Hartington was a little too much the languid Wildean stereotype to be quite believable. Thought the villain ?monologuing? near the end was a little woo...

    My friend handed this book to me and said she never wanted to read anything as creepy as this again! Well it was certainly unsettling but the writing was beautiful and the plot so well crafted. A story of love, death and desire in London some time ago. ...

    An engaging if not particularly challenging fun pre-Christmas read- but not a truly spooky ghost story, nor yet a police procedural. It feels a little like it could be made into a Sunday tv series without too much fuss. Definitely worth whiling away a cold evening in front of the fire ...

  • Jonathan Empson
    Dec 27, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

    It's the late Victorian era and a seamstress is locked in a room in a lord's house to complete a project for him. She finds a way out and throws herself off the roof. Meanwhile, Gideon Bliss is seeking his missing uncle when he comes across a young woman he knows in a church who seems ...

    (4.5) This is the book thatáThe Wicked Cometháwanted to be. Young women are disappearing from London's East End, mostly orphans and servants that few, if any, will miss. A seamstress throws herself from the top of a lord's Mayfair townhouse; at the autopsy, a cryptic message is fo...

    An interesting story well told. I particularly enjoyed the sense of humour running through this book. ...

    Na´ve Cambridge undergraduate Gideon Bliss is intrigued and quite pleased to receive a request for help from his normally cold and distant uncle and guardian, the do-gooding clergymen Herbert Neuilly who devotes himself to assisting vulnerable young women fallen on hard times in Londo...

    "Lady Ada greeted this with a strange silence. She turned after a moment to the window. 'The wreck will be disturbed,' she remarked as if to herself. 'After aong spell of calm, it often appears that the sands will smother it entirely, then a storm comes and one wakes to find it exposed...

    I was really looking forward to this novel as I have read & loved similar books in this genre this year such as The Wicked Cometh & The Way of All Flesh. It started off really well but sadly I lost interest quickly & lots of things really started to irritate me not least...

    I thought this book was a bit of a mish mash, and it was some time before it became clear whether this was a detective novel or a ghost story, or a hybrid (it turned out to be the latter). The setting of Victorian London and society is well described but it was hard to get to grips wit...

    Great characters in an entertainingly witty and occasionally sweary Victorian supernatural romp. It's a slight negative that the first chapter doesn't capture this tone, though, and that what you might call choreography is sometimes under-described, leaving you wondering where characte...

  • Naomi
    Dec 07, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

    It's the late Victorian era and a seamstress is locked in a room in a lord's house to complete a project for him. She finds a way out and throws herself off the roof. Meanwhile, Gideon Bliss is seeking his missing uncle when he comes across a young woman he knows in a church who seems ...

    (4.5) This is the book thatáThe Wicked Cometháwanted to be. Young women are disappearing from London's East End, mostly orphans and servants that few, if any, will miss. A seamstress throws herself from the top of a lord's Mayfair townhouse; at the autopsy, a cryptic message is fo...

    An interesting story well told. I particularly enjoyed the sense of humour running through this book. ...

    Na´ve Cambridge undergraduate Gideon Bliss is intrigued and quite pleased to receive a request for help from his normally cold and distant uncle and guardian, the do-gooding clergymen Herbert Neuilly who devotes himself to assisting vulnerable young women fallen on hard times in Londo...

    "Lady Ada greeted this with a strange silence. She turned after a moment to the window. 'The wreck will be disturbed,' she remarked as if to herself. 'After aong spell of calm, it often appears that the sands will smother it entirely, then a storm comes and one wakes to find it exposed...

    I was really looking forward to this novel as I have read & loved similar books in this genre this year such as The Wicked Cometh & The Way of All Flesh. It started off really well but sadly I lost interest quickly & lots of things really started to irritate me not least...

    I thought this book was a bit of a mish mash, and it was some time before it became clear whether this was a detective novel or a ghost story, or a hybrid (it turned out to be the latter). The setting of Victorian London and society is well described but it was hard to get to grips wit...

    Great characters in an entertainingly witty and occasionally sweary Victorian supernatural romp. It's a slight negative that the first chapter doesn't capture this tone, though, and that what you might call choreography is sometimes under-described, leaving you wondering where characte...

    At first I didn?t really get on with this. Too confusing, too many characters, too much necessary Victorian wordiness. But about halfway through it all started to come together, with the last 25% being exciting and tightly plotted. Good if you enjoy a Victorian detective with a smidg...

    I tried very hard to power through this book but when I found myself skipping whole pages I decided to call it a day. I was actually surprised to realise I was about halfway through. I generally love historical fiction but it felt so false and uncomfortable to read. The dialogue wa...

  • Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)
    Nov 09, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

  • Ruth Dipple
    Dec 30, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

    It's the late Victorian era and a seamstress is locked in a room in a lord's house to complete a project for him. She finds a way out and throws herself off the roof. Meanwhile, Gideon Bliss is seeking his missing uncle when he comes across a young woman he knows in a church who seems ...

    (4.5) This is the book thatáThe Wicked Cometháwanted to be. Young women are disappearing from London's East End, mostly orphans and servants that few, if any, will miss. A seamstress throws herself from the top of a lord's Mayfair townhouse; at the autopsy, a cryptic message is fo...

    An interesting story well told. I particularly enjoyed the sense of humour running through this book. ...

    Na´ve Cambridge undergraduate Gideon Bliss is intrigued and quite pleased to receive a request for help from his normally cold and distant uncle and guardian, the do-gooding clergymen Herbert Neuilly who devotes himself to assisting vulnerable young women fallen on hard times in Londo...

    "Lady Ada greeted this with a strange silence. She turned after a moment to the window. 'The wreck will be disturbed,' she remarked as if to herself. 'After aong spell of calm, it often appears that the sands will smother it entirely, then a storm comes and one wakes to find it exposed...

    I was really looking forward to this novel as I have read & loved similar books in this genre this year such as The Wicked Cometh & The Way of All Flesh. It started off really well but sadly I lost interest quickly & lots of things really started to irritate me not least...

    I thought this book was a bit of a mish mash, and it was some time before it became clear whether this was a detective novel or a ghost story, or a hybrid (it turned out to be the latter). The setting of Victorian London and society is well described but it was hard to get to grips wit...

  • Helen Carolan
    Dec 01, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

  • 4cats
    Oct 24, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

  • Catherine
    Feb 19, 2019

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

    It's the late Victorian era and a seamstress is locked in a room in a lord's house to complete a project for him. She finds a way out and throws herself off the roof. Meanwhile, Gideon Bliss is seeking his missing uncle when he comes across a young woman he knows in a church who seems ...

    (4.5) This is the book thatáThe Wicked Cometháwanted to be. Young women are disappearing from London's East End, mostly orphans and servants that few, if any, will miss. A seamstress throws herself from the top of a lord's Mayfair townhouse; at the autopsy, a cryptic message is fo...

    An interesting story well told. I particularly enjoyed the sense of humour running through this book. ...

    Na´ve Cambridge undergraduate Gideon Bliss is intrigued and quite pleased to receive a request for help from his normally cold and distant uncle and guardian, the do-gooding clergymen Herbert Neuilly who devotes himself to assisting vulnerable young women fallen on hard times in Londo...

    "Lady Ada greeted this with a strange silence. She turned after a moment to the window. 'The wreck will be disturbed,' she remarked as if to herself. 'After aong spell of calm, it often appears that the sands will smother it entirely, then a storm comes and one wakes to find it exposed...

    I was really looking forward to this novel as I have read & loved similar books in this genre this year such as The Wicked Cometh & The Way of All Flesh. It started off really well but sadly I lost interest quickly & lots of things really started to irritate me not least...

    I thought this book was a bit of a mish mash, and it was some time before it became clear whether this was a detective novel or a ghost story, or a hybrid (it turned out to be the latter). The setting of Victorian London and society is well described but it was hard to get to grips wit...

    Great characters in an entertainingly witty and occasionally sweary Victorian supernatural romp. It's a slight negative that the first chapter doesn't capture this tone, though, and that what you might call choreography is sometimes under-described, leaving you wondering where characte...

    At first I didn?t really get on with this. Too confusing, too many characters, too much necessary Victorian wordiness. But about halfway through it all started to come together, with the last 25% being exciting and tightly plotted. Good if you enjoy a Victorian detective with a smidg...

    I tried very hard to power through this book but when I found myself skipping whole pages I decided to call it a day. I was actually surprised to realise I was about halfway through. I generally love historical fiction but it felt so false and uncomfortable to read. The dialogue wa...

    Enjoyable gothic crime romp. O?Donnell?s prose is beautiful at times. I just felt the ending was a little predictable and that Hartington was a little too much the languid Wildean stereotype to be quite believable. Thought the villain ?monologuing? near the end was a little woo...

    My friend handed this book to me and said she never wanted to read anything as creepy as this again! Well it was certainly unsettling but the writing was beautiful and the plot so well crafted. A story of love, death and desire in London some time ago. ...

    An engaging if not particularly challenging fun pre-Christmas read- but not a truly spooky ghost story, nor yet a police procedural. It feels a little like it could be made into a Sunday tv series without too much fuss. Definitely worth whiling away a cold evening in front of the fire ...

    I so wanted to like this book more than I did. Great characters, interesting plot but unfortunately the story seemed to get lost along the way. I did however love the book cover. ...

    Really didn?t like this story. Sorry Long winded with far too much pointless dialogue. ...

  • Frank Clarke
    Dec 16, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...

    When 2 genres collide, Victorian detective novel featuring the indomitable Inspector Cutter ably or maybe not so ably assisted by Gideon Bliss, they find themselves investigating an unusual case which involves missing young girls. However, as I've mentioned this isn't just a detective ...

    I?ve just finished reading The House of Vesper Sands and I loved it. It?s the 2nd novel from Paraic O?Donnell and I found it far more accessible than his first The Maker of Swans. The principle characters of inspector Cutter and his unwitting companion Gideon Bliss are investig...

    Oh my goodness. I totally loved this one. Part Victorian mystery, part Gothic and part fantasy, this had me gripped from the start. Gideon Bliss arrives in London to spend time with his reverend uncle only to find he's disappeared. Talking shelter in a nearby church he comes upon his f...

    It's the late Victorian era and a seamstress is locked in a room in a lord's house to complete a project for him. She finds a way out and throws herself off the roof. Meanwhile, Gideon Bliss is seeking his missing uncle when he comes across a young woman he knows in a church who seems ...

    (4.5) This is the book thatáThe Wicked Cometháwanted to be. Young women are disappearing from London's East End, mostly orphans and servants that few, if any, will miss. A seamstress throws herself from the top of a lord's Mayfair townhouse; at the autopsy, a cryptic message is fo...

    An interesting story well told. I particularly enjoyed the sense of humour running through this book. ...

    Na´ve Cambridge undergraduate Gideon Bliss is intrigued and quite pleased to receive a request for help from his normally cold and distant uncle and guardian, the do-gooding clergymen Herbert Neuilly who devotes himself to assisting vulnerable young women fallen on hard times in Londo...

    "Lady Ada greeted this with a strange silence. She turned after a moment to the window. 'The wreck will be disturbed,' she remarked as if to herself. 'After aong spell of calm, it often appears that the sands will smother it entirely, then a storm comes and one wakes to find it exposed...

    I was really looking forward to this novel as I have read & loved similar books in this genre this year such as The Wicked Cometh & The Way of All Flesh. It started off really well but sadly I lost interest quickly & lots of things really started to irritate me not least...

    I thought this book was a bit of a mish mash, and it was some time before it became clear whether this was a detective novel or a ghost story, or a hybrid (it turned out to be the latter). The setting of Victorian London and society is well described but it was hard to get to grips wit...

    Great characters in an entertainingly witty and occasionally sweary Victorian supernatural romp. It's a slight negative that the first chapter doesn't capture this tone, though, and that what you might call choreography is sometimes under-described, leaving you wondering where characte...

    At first I didn?t really get on with this. Too confusing, too many characters, too much necessary Victorian wordiness. But about halfway through it all started to come together, with the last 25% being exciting and tightly plotted. Good if you enjoy a Victorian detective with a smidg...

    I tried very hard to power through this book but when I found myself skipping whole pages I decided to call it a day. I was actually surprised to realise I was about halfway through. I generally love historical fiction but it felt so false and uncomfortable to read. The dialogue wa...

    Enjoyable gothic crime romp. O?Donnell?s prose is beautiful at times. I just felt the ending was a little predictable and that Hartington was a little too much the languid Wildean stereotype to be quite believable. Thought the villain ?monologuing? near the end was a little woo...

  • Ionarr
    Nov 25, 2018

    3.5 rounded to 4! Octavia is definitely a character you will not regret reading. I loved the atmosphere in the novel, it was like walking in the foggy streets of Victorian London. A Gothic mystery with supernatural elements and was a good tale, but somehow alongside the way my atten...

    I?m on a right reading roll at the moment and nothing has captured my imagination quite as much as The House On Vesper Sands. Brilliantly immersive, descriptively pitch perfect with a hugely dynamic set of characters, this is one of those books you devour in short order, living it a...

    The clocks have gone back and Halloween has passed ? now it's officially winter, I have a craving for historical fiction. The House on Vesper Sands is a Victorian pastiche with a mystery at its heart and touches of the macabre ? a bit like The Woman in Black spliced with a Dicken...

    My Rating ~ 4.5* 'Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.' Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further. The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O? Donnell and is a perfectly pitched tale of suspe...

    On a bitterly cold night, three seemingly unconnected events happen. Lord Strythe who is being watched by Octavia Hillingdon who thinks she is onto a story, vanishes into the night. In his home, a seamstress who is there to make alterations to a finely crafted gown is locked into the a...

    O?Donnell?s plot is a somewhat dubious one, though his historical accuracy and the gothic athmosphere he creates are certainly enticing. In Victorian London a young man arrives searching for his guardian. Women disappear and fall mysteriously to their deaths. In his quest, the yo...

    like a 3.6 bumped up for the sheer enjoyment/purely entertaining factor. full post here at my reading journal: http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/12/... The House on Vesper Sands is a good mix of historical crime fiction and Victorian sensation fiction with more than a slight su...

    Blaaaaaah. Pushing a 2.5 but I don't like it nearly enough to round up. This was very nearly a did not finish, but I always read 50 pages before giving up on a book. By that time, I just about cared enough about what might happen to keep going (and also had no energy to choose some...