While visiting the house of Kerreck Du in a remote part of Cornwall, young American researcher Dana Morrow hopes to learn more about its shady history, but she finds young women are still dying there and wonders if she can trust her new friend Daniel. 15,000 first printing.
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In Caroline Llewellyn's False Light, Dana Morrow is an untenured professor from New York University whose passion for an obscure 19th-century medium, Marianna Hobhouse, plunges her into the world of the eccentric Finn family. The Finns are the descendants of the Hobhouses and carry on a century-long tradition of photography in their Cornish estate, Kerreck Du. Just before Dana arrives to study the Finn's collection of Hobhouse photographs and papers, a series of mysterious deaths threaten to expose the family and its dark past. With its photographic theme, the novel successfully evokes a sense of shifting and eerie light, but it finds its real strength in the depiction of the Cornish countryside. The prose blends Victorian with contemporary tones: "Through half-closed lids, she stared drowsily down the green tunnel. A nimbus of filtered light played over the ivy-smothered trunk of a dying elm. It might almost be the sad ghost of Marianna Hobhouse, she thought, yearning toward her on a current of mutual sympathy that the young medium had believed could resurrect the dead. That current would flow far more strongly here than in dim library stacks and carrels. It was tugging at Dana now." As with A.S. Byatt's Possession and Henry James's The Aspern Papers, False Light transforms the quotidian work of the academic into the rich ground of suspense fiction. --Patrick O'KelleyFrom Kirkus Reviews:
Following in the fog-and-chills wake of major eminences of romantic suspense from du Maurier on, relative newcomer Llewellyn (Life Blood, 1993, etc.) sets her tangled mysteries in surroundings that vibrate with foreboding. This one centers on a grim house near the Cornish cliffs and the fogbound Atlantic, filled with neurotic artistic types. Divorced Dana Morrow, still mourning the loss of her unborn child, becomes obsessed with the brief, sad life of a mid-19th- century spiritualist, Marianna Hobhouse, married to a pioneer photographer who just might have been responsible for his young wife's death. Dana is invited to the Hobhouse home in Cornwall, now owned by Hobhouse's descendant, the famous, irascible photographer Quenton Finn. Among Finn's household and guests: Finn's son Daniel, also a photographer, and clearly attracted to Dana; a serene housekeeper, the sister of Finn's dead wife (was her plunge off the cliff accidental?); a failed photographer who is now a wildly innovative gallery owner; an eternally battling Yugoslavian couple and their child, whom Dana rescues from the cliffs; a financial adviser who collects arcane death studies; Finn's patroness, who irritates everyone; and a woman from a London design firm, a witchy being of no particular moral compass whose seductive powers are considerable. Resentment and simmering anger combine to provoke new violence in the old Hobhouse environs. There'll be four murders in all (two viewed in flashbacks), much to-ing and fro-ing through the moors, and a climax featuring Dana's skin-scraping escape from the murderer across a rooftop while flames pop below. No classic murder mystery this; victims and the lethal predator are none too difficult to spot. But solid info on the art of photography, a variety of scandals, contemporary and historical, and that wonderful, moody setting shape a satisfying entertainment. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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