Review: The Devil in the Corner by Patricia Elliott

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Title: The Devil in the Corner
Author: Patricia Elliott
Publisher: Hachette Childrens
Publication Date: 6 March 2014
Synopsis from Goodreads
Penniless, and escaping the horrors of life as a governess to brutal households, Maud seeks refuge with the cousin-by-marriage she never knew. But Juliana quashes Maud’s emerging friendships with the staff and locals – especially John, the artist commissioned to restore the sinister Doom in the local church. John, however, is smitten with Maud and makes every effort to woo her.

Maud, isolated and thwarted at every turn, continues to take the laudanum which was her only solace in London. Soon she becomes dependent on the drug – so is this the cause of her fresh anxieties? Or is someone – or something – plotting her demise?

Is the devil in the corner of the Doom a reality, or a figment of her imagination?
REVIEW BY AMY – YEAR 8
The Devil in the Corner is about 15 year old Maud who has lost both of her parents and was working as a mistress. It is also about John a young artist who is not recognized within the art world.
The story is set in the Victorian era in Marsham. The dual narrative and multiple scene setting at the beginning did prove a little confusing.
Although the scene setting does provide insight into how both main characters came to Marsham. Following her parents death, Maud, goes to live with her relative Julian. He is ill and lives alone in Windward house, a dark, disturbing mansion at the end of town. John is also at Windward House, hired by Julian to complete painting work on the dooms. This involves a painting of God and Satan, re-enforcing the imagery of the battle of good versus evil at play within the narrative.
The book progresses slowly with a dark Gothic twist. Details of Maud’s background are sprinkled through the book allowing the reader to piece together all the details leading to the twist.
A shocking turn of events leads to Maud being the main suspect in a murder investigation. The plot leads you down many paths where you constantly question who is guilty. The tension leaves you on edge, wanting to continue reading in order to confirm or deny all the suspicions you have.
The author takes you through moments of heart-stopping fear, questioning the motives alongside the actions of the characters.
Personally, I thought The Devil in the Corner was a brilliant book that left you with questions; thought-provoking in the way that it left you curious as to how far someones love will take them.
Altogether a dark, mysterious tale about how love can be torture and make you do unforgivable things to get it
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