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The Mark of Cain

Damaris lowers her voice still I hold my breath to catch the words “You know there is something about the girl Zillah The spirits come to her” Damaris pauses “I I have heard the child whispering in the voice of another”In baby Aphra is found among the reeds and rushes by two outcast witches Even as an infant he. MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading ListWell this wasn t a wee bit creepy or anythingThe book starts out telling Aphra s tale She was found by a couple of witches down by the river when she was a baby Aphra grew up loving her two moms so to speak She watched them practice healing for the folks but Aphra seemed to take a darker side She learns the use of voodoo dolls to make people that harmed her to suffer um but she would take it a bit farther than the witches wanted Anyhoo we all know the people of the village are going to come and put an end to the witches Alphra escapes and has to live in the woods and forests She meets Long Lankin in these woods he is a leper that is supposedly really creepy as well They stay in a little hut together for a bit until some unfortunate events break them apart Aphra goes to live in the big house with the Guerdon family Lets just say things don t turn out really good there for a few people including Aphra and she puts a curse on the family Jump ahead to the future and we meet Cora and Mimi two sisters that move to an old house with their dad and an aunt Their other aunt Ida left the house to them The creepiness starts right off with voices seeing things moving in the corner of your eye to seeing things outside the window These things get so bad the girls aunt up and leaves them and moves back to London Just leaves a note for them to tell their dad I mean really Just leave them out there in the middle of nowhere with the closest home across the hill So dad replaces her with a lady from the town There is also a sweet boy named Roger that hangs out with Cora and helps her with the problems she is having These two women always seem to be on the road to town when the girls head up there they seem all creepy at first but they are not what they seem Nothing in this book is what it seems but it all comes out Someone takes off the protective barriers to keep Aphra s spirit out of the house and you can only image Cora Roger and a few others have to fight to get rid of Aphra before she kills everyone I found the book to be really creepy word of the day CREEPY I also loved how the author described all of the surroundings I could picture every creepy thing Either way I enjoyed it I didn t read the first book but this one does just fine as a stand alone book so don t feel like you HAVE to start with the first one And remember don t go creeping around out in the night either I would like to thank Random House Children s Books for a print copy of this book through The Reading Room in exchange for my honest review Wild Gypsy Rose (Royals of Cardenas Book 4) found among the reeds and rushes by two outcast witches Even as an infant he. 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Aphra’s bitterness poisons her entire being Afflicted with leprosy about to be burned as a witch she manages one final enchantment a curse on her tormentor’s heirsNow in Cora and Mimi the last of a cursed line are trapped in an ancient home on a crumbling estate in deepest winter menaced by a spirit bent on reveng. Oooooh I think I might actually have found this scarier than Long Lankin I definitely enjoyed it Okay there were a few things that bothered me like the superfluous description and the kids conveniently overhearing people talking about Crucial Plot Points but I enjoyed seeing Cora and Roger as older teenagers along with their burgeoning feelings for one another Which I m really glad wasn t overdone because this book didn t need an awkward teen romance Roger was as awesome as ever AS IF THIS NEEDS SAYING There s a line where Cora asks him to do something and he thinks to himself What s a chap to do because he can t say no to her It made me laugh out loud and then want to hug him I think he s adorable The jolly hockeysticks dialogue might not be to everyone s taste but I love how authentically 1960s this book feels the village s disapproval of Mr Drumm s mistresses was kind of hilarious Oh and I also liked seeing Mimi as a person in her own right although it was frustrating when she wouldn t talk to Cora I wanted to see a lot of Mimi But I loved the glimpses we got of her her secrets and her strength I was trying to pin down why exactly I found this book scarier and I ve come up with three reasons1 The setting Winter with rising icy flood waters and the roads blocked by snow feels claustrophobic than the sweltering summer heat in Long Lankin keeping Cora and Mimi trapped inside the house where the danger is2 The different threat Not knowing the witch bottles and marks were to protect the house and not being able to keep Aphra from getting inside using physical barriers like they could with Long Lankin3 The lack of a proper guardian or adult to protect the children HOW USELESS WAS THEIR FATHER And the woman who did look after them then became a threat in her own right one that they couldn t fight definitely scary stuff

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R gifts in the dark craft are plain But when her guardians succumb to an The Mark PDFEPUBangry mob Aphra is left to fend for herself She is shunned and feared by everyone she encounters except one man the leper Long Lankin Hounded and ostracized the two find solace only in each other but even this respite is doomed and. Originally posted on NOT ENOUGH BOOKS NOT ENOUGH TIMEI am sad Maybe I ve overdone too many spooky reads but I just couldn t get into The Mark of Cain I read over 100 pages but had to leave it a DNF This is very devastating because I absolutely adored Long Lankin Not that The Mark of Cain was terrible the writing is just as elegant and just as terrifying as the first book but it almost felt like it was a repeat of the first It s a new tormentor but same setting Same characters from the first I liked the idea of the same characters but I didn t get how their father who does seem a little airy and distant could move his children back into the house where so much evil had occurred This probably plays into the fear and suspense because Cora and Mimi are too young to leave it s against their will etcI read 128 pages and don t know if I ll go back and read it I did love Long Lankin so maybe this was just an overdose of spooky ghosts and goblins around Halloween Who knows but there s always next year


About the Author: Lindsey Barraclough

Lindsey Barraclough is the author of the acclaimed Long Lankin a companion book to The Mark of Cain The story can be read independently of the first she says although it continues the theme of long ago horrors — particularly witchcraft and revenge — seeping unsettlingly into the future Lindsey Barraclough lives in London with her family.



10 thoughts on “The Mark of Cain

  1. says:

    MY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading ListWell this wasn't a wee bit creepy or anythingThe book starts out telling Aphra's tale She was found by a couple of witches down by the river when she was a baby Aphra grew up loving her two moms so to speak She watched them practice healing for the folks but Aphra seemed to take a darker side She learns the use of voodoo dolls to make people that harmed her to suffer um bu

  2. says:

    My rating 25 of 5 stars ‘I am bound here for as long as there are Guerdons in the world I must be in it And they have returned to the marshlands – to me’ It’s been four years since Cora and Mimi lived to tell the tale of Long Lankin Th

  3. says:

    This one is getting 35 stars from me It's not as good as Long Lankin but it was still an enjoyably creepy read with lots of atmosphere Long Lankin scared the crap out of me The year I read that book I pushed it on anyone and everyone

  4. says:

    Originally posted on NOT ENOUGH BOOKS NOT ENOUGH TIMEI am sad Maybe I’ve overdone too many spooky reads but I just couldn’t get into The Mark of Cain I read over 100 pages but had to leave it a DNF This is very

  5. says:

    Uff I had a break from reading this as I went away on holiday I was kind of struggling with it before then and on my return just couldn't bring myself to pick it up again I'm honestly not sure why it's just not grabbing me at all I'm half way through and have just stopped caring It's not even that it's bad writing or anything like that and the early portion of the book did have me intrigued I guess this one just isn't

  6. says:

    This makes me very excited Long Lankin was good and creeepy I hope this book brings that same mood that Long Lankin brought So glad that I found this

  7. says:

    A darkly excellent seuel to the amazing LONG LANKIN Just as elegant and just as terrifying as the first book THE MARK OF CAIN sucked me in and left me shivering

  8. says:

    Oooooh I think I might actually have found this scarier than Long Lankin? I definitely enjoyed it Okay there were a few things that bothered me

  9. says:

    Loved loved loved this I'm such a fan of Barraclough's writing This one seemed a bit darker YA ish than Long Lankin and it's absolutely dripping with that damp and earthy English folklore atmosphere which is pretty much my favorite sort of atmosphere to read about Also the historical flashbacks about a young witch are fantastic You know the author's good when she makes the reader empathize with the villain even after the villain h

  10. says:

    I read Long Lankin the book that preceded The Mark of Cain and really enjoyed it so I picked this one up when I saw it The

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