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In sixteenth-century Hungary, Countess Elizabeth Bathory tortured and killed over six hundred servant girls in order to bathe in their blood. She believed this practice would keep her skin youthful and her beauty immortal.

Quiver tells the story of Danica, a forensic psychologist who works at a former insane asylum-turned-forensic hospital. one of Danica's mental patients is Malcolm Foster, who is imprisoned for murdering a fourteen-year-old girl. Foster is a menacing but fascinating patient and Danica begins to suspect that Foster may have been the head of a gothic cabal idolizing Bathory. Her peers dismiss her discoveries, while disturbing incidents begin following her home from work.

Soon after her arrival in London, Danica receives a mysterious note from Maria, a seductive archivist with whom Danica has had an intriguing and complicated past. Maria claims she has Bathory's diaries that chronicle her relentless torture of young women. As Maria increasingly insinuates herself into Danica's life, soon Danica is in too deep to notice that Maria's motivations are far from selfless; in fact, they may just cost Danica her life.

Review:

"The malignant spirit of 16th-century sociopath Countess Elizabeth Báthory hovers over events in Canadian author Luhning's suspenseful first novel, a modern tale of obsession and seduction. Since her youth, forensic psychiatrist Danica Winston has been fascinated by the Hungarian countess and her legendary slaughters of servant girls so she could bathe in their blood. Working in London with a patient who's just killed a teenage girl in the manner of Báthory, Danica makes the acquaintance of Maria János, an enigmatic archivist who claims to have found Báthory's long-lost diaries. Drawn into Maria's glamorous life, Danica succumbs to her new friend's Svengalian manipulations in a way that increasingly parallels the hold Báthory exerts on accomplices in the grisly diary entries Maria tantalizes Danica with. Despite the over-the-top climax, the care with which Luhning (Sway, a poetry collection) orchestrates the tale's events makes Danica's discovery of the dark side of herself and others both believable and chilling. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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A masterful debut thriller about the original female Dracula and an underground gothic cult reenacting her ritualized killings in present day London.

About the Author

Holly Luhning grew up in southern Saskatchewan. She holds a Ph.D. in eighteenth-century literature, madness, and theories of the body. She has received a Saskatchewan Lieutenant-Governor's Arts Award and her collection of poetry, Sway, was nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award. Holly presently resides in Montreal. Quiver is her first novel and she is at work on her next thriller, Viper.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781605981925
Author:
Luhning, Holly
Publisher:
Pegasus Books
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Horror - General
Series:
Pegasus Crime
Publication Date:
20110731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Horror » General
Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Contemporary Thrillers

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Product details 272 pages Pegasus Books - English 9781605981925 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The malignant spirit of 16th-century sociopath Countess Elizabeth Báthory hovers over events in Canadian author Luhning's suspenseful first novel, a modern tale of obsession and seduction. Since her youth, forensic psychiatrist Danica Winston has been fascinated by the Hungarian countess and her legendary slaughters of servant girls so she could bathe in their blood. Working in London with a patient who's just killed a teenage girl in the manner of Báthory, Danica makes the acquaintance of Maria János, an enigmatic archivist who claims to have found Báthory's long-lost diaries. Drawn into Maria's glamorous life, Danica succumbs to her new friend's Svengalian manipulations in a way that increasingly parallels the hold Báthory exerts on accomplices in the grisly diary entries Maria tantalizes Danica with. Despite the over-the-top climax, the care with which Luhning (Sway, a poetry collection) orchestrates the tale's events makes Danica's discovery of the dark side of herself and others both believable and chilling. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , A masterful debut thriller about the original female Dracula and an underground gothic cult reenacting her ritualized killings in present day London.
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