A modern retelling of Jane Austen's classic novel finds bookish minister's daughter Cat Morland joining her well-to-do friends in Edinburgh and falling for an up-and-coming lawyer who may harbor unsettling secrets. - (Baker & Taylor)
Issued as part of a series designed to introduce Austen's classics to a new generation of readers, a modern retelling finds bookish minister's daughter Cat Morland joining her well-to-do friends in Edinburgh and falling for an up-and-coming lawyer who may harbor unsettling secrets. By the award-winning author of the Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan mysteries. - (Baker & Taylor)
Internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid has riveted millions of readers worldwide with her acutely suspenseful, psychologically complex, seamlessly plotted thrillers. InNorthanger Abbey, she delivers her own, witty, updated take on Austen’s classic novel about a young woman whose visit to the stately home of a well-to-do acquaintance stirs her most macabre imaginings, with an extra frisson of suspense that only McDermid could provide.
Cat Morland is ready to grow up. A homeschooled minister’s daughter in the quaint, sheltered Piddle Valley in Dorset, she loses herself in novels and is sure there is a glamorous adventure awaiting her beyond the valley’s narrow horizon. So imagine her delight when the Allens, neighbors and friends of her parents, invite her to attend the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh as their guest. With a sunny personality, tickets every night and a few key wardrobe additions courtesy of Susie Allen, Cat quickly begins to take Edinburgh by storm and is taken into the bosom of the Thorpe family, particularly by eldest daughter Bella. And then there’s the handsome Henry Tilney, an up-and-coming lawyer whose family home is the beautiful and forbidding Northanger Abbey. Cat is entranced by Henry and his charming sister Eleanor, but she can’t help wondering if everything about them is as perfect as it seems. Or has she just been reading too many novels? A delectable, note-perfect modern update of the Jane Austen classic,Northanger Abbey tells a timeless story of innocence amid cynicism, the exquisite angst of young love, and the value of friendship.
- (Perseus Publishing
Gold Dagger Award–winning British crime writer McDermid offers a canny new twist on Jane Austen's early novel. Fans of the original will know that Cat Morland is a book lover eager for her own supernatural adventure. In McDermid's tale, when Cat's neighbors offer to bring her to Edinburgh for a festival, she leaps at the opportunity to spread her wings. There, Cat meets two siblings, John and Bella Thorpe. She and Bella become fast friends despite Bella's occasional shallowness, but Cat can't abide John, who only seems to care about driving fast cars and showing off to try to win Cat's affection. Instead, she prefers mysterious Henry Tilney and his delicate sister Eleanor, who bear striking similarities to the vampires in her favorite books. When the Tilneys invite Cat to stay with them at their ancestral home, Northanger Abbey, she feels chills at the thought of both staying with Henry and uncovering a centuries-old macabre mystery. McDermid's brilliant update of the characters' outlooks, philosophies, and attitudes within a modern context makes this a reimagined delight for Austen fans. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
Cartier Diamond Dagger winner McDermid puts her gifts to good use in this update of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, which features sheltered young Cat Morland, who's charmed by Henry Tilney when she visits Edinburgh's Fringe Festival.
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Library Journal Reviews
An interesting premise—crime novelist McDermid exits her comfort zone, taking on Jane Austen—works well, up to a point. Austen's most gothic-toned story is well modernized by McDermid, who demonstrates her fondness for the sometimes foolish heroine in witty asides. The updates are clever and creative as well, but some plot points are difficult to revamp. In this version of the 1817 classic, dreamy, fanciful village girl Cat Morland, a vicar's daughter, is homeschooled and addicted to paranormal fiction books and movies. Her horizons expand when she gets a chance to attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she makes new friends and falls for a young and handsome lawyer, Henry Tilney. When Henry and his family invite her to their family mansion, Northanger Abbey, her imagination races to some interesting conclusions about the Tilneys. Cat and her mates text and Facebook many of their lines, and there's a convenient lack of wifi at a critical moment in the story. But the marriage-mindedness of the teenage characters is harder to believe, and the black-and-white characterization of some heroes and villains is overdone. Still, McDermid's descriptions of scenery and settings are excellent and overall this Austen experiment is a success. VERDICT Fans of McDermid and those who are curious to see what she does with Austen's lesser-known novel will enjoy this book. [See Prepub Alert, 12/1/13.]—Liz French, Library Journal
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