Saturday, December 6, 2014

Audio Book Review: Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

Release date: September 2, 2014
Published by: Tantor Audio
Source: Public library
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Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one....

The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny.

But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean’s depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness.

This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe.

Well...that was certainly different. I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting when I started listening to Maplecroft. Going by the description of "something that left malevolent entities in their place", I knew this had a supernatural element. I was assuming demons or shapeshifting doppelgangers, maybe, or even ghosts were a possibility. It turned out to be more unique than that.

Maplecroft gives a paranormal twist to the life story of the infamous Lizzie Borden, a woman accused (and acquitted) of murdering her parents in the 1890's. She is living with her sibling, Emma, in Fall River where one sister conducts secret experiments in the basement while the other spends her nights defending their home from what can only be described as monsters.

These monsters are the focus of the novel and the big questions revolve around where they come from, why they are in Fall River, and how they can be stopped. By the time I reached the conclusion, I was left disappointed because the question I was most interested in was never fully answered. 

Overall, I thought everything about this story was just okay. It fell into that mediocre book category where the characters weren't great, but I didn't dislike them. And the setting was fine, but forgettable. And the mystery was interesting, but didn't keep me engrossed in the story. It was a decent way to pass the time, but wasn't impressive by any means. I would suggest reading several spoiler-free reviews before picking this up.


Melanie Simmons (mlsimmons) said...

It's a shame that the book was just okay, the premise sounds so interesting. I love it when authors take people from real life history and add a spin on their history. Karen Chance does this really well in her Cassandra Palmer series. It has Casanova, Vlad, Raphael (the painter) and even Jack the Ripper. There are more that crop up now and then.

fishgirl182 said...

I am really excited about this book but, so far, all the reviews I've read have only been so-so. I am definitely still going to read it but just may try to manage my expectations in order to enjoy it more.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

OH. I missed something in hearing about this book before it came out. I didn't realize that was who it was about. I was thinking more paranormal like you. Hmm. Thanks for sharing.

Addicted2Heroines said...

Melanie - Yes, Karen Chance is fantastic =)

Thuy - Good idea =) Looking forward to seeing what you think.

Melissa - No prob. Thanks for stopping by ;-)

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