Anatomy of a Darkened Heart by Christie Stratos
(Dark Victoriana Collection #1)
Genres: Historical, Psychological
Release Date: 18th September 2015.
A pair of eyes underlined in weary darkness and punctuated with a knowing stare. These are not the normal eyes of a newborn baby. Abigail Delilah is the firstborn of three Whitestone children – and she is the most regretted.
But is it really her fault?
She can’t help that the revelation of Father’s wretched secret coincides with her birth. She can’t help the fear she feels during Mother’s psychological – and physical – assaults. As the shadows grow stronger over her soul and the noose of pain tightens around her neck, Abigail will find out which is stronger: her family’s wicked assumptions about her or her true self.
Take your first step into the Dark Victoriana Collection with Anatomy of a Darkened Heart.
Multi-layered with motifs, symbolism, and psychological depth, this tale of dark Victoriana will appeal to the literary reader and the leisure reader alike, combining key facets of several popular genres. And don’t be afraid to get addicted – the collection continues exploring the intertwining threads that weave together the complex tapestry of the Whitestone legacy.
Book Review ~ ‘Anatomy of a Darkened Heart’ by Christie Stratos ~ 5 Stars!
Warning: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK BEFORE GOING TO SLEEP!
Wow! ‘Anatomy of a Darkened Heart’ had all my favourite things; Psychology, Darkness and the Victorian Times, and boy was this dark! But not in the way you’d expect. This is sheer awesome psychological darkness that makes you shiver, because it makes you think about whether this could happen to you!
Bringing together some of the common myths, fears and rituals of the time in which it is set, ‘Anatomy of a Darkened Heart’ is rich in historical detail, whilst making the setting seem as normal to us as our own everyday. I felt like I was there in the Whitestones’ house, and experiencing the fear and hysteria that was running rampant.
Abigail was a fantastic character that I really enjoyed getting to know. Like the rest of her family, she is deeply flawed, but it is the way in which she embodies her flaws that makes her perhaps the most terrifying of the characters. Throughout I was drawn to the thought that if her mother had loved her, not rejected her believing she was cursed, or if she had been a boy, and accepted immediately by her father, whether her life would have been so destructive. I loved how it dealt with this issue, as we see her brother and sister thrive in a place where she is constantly trampled.
Although playing with the idea of spirituality, ghosts and curses, ‘Anatomy of a Darkened Heart’ is primarily a story about the evils of humans, and that is what made me sit awake all night, jumping at sounds. It makes you nervous, it makes you think, and it makes you remember in terror.
Incredibly well written, ‘Anatomy of a Darkened Heart’ is not one to miss!