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On top of the Yorkshire Moors, in an isolated spot carved out of a barren landscape, lies White Windows, a house of shadows and secrets. Here lives Marcus Twentyman, a hard-drinking but sensitive man, and his sister, the brisk widow, Hester. When runaway Annaleigh first meets the Twentymans, their offer of employment and lodgings seems a blessing. Only later does she discover the truth. But by then she is already in the middle of a web of darkness and intrigue, where murder seems the only possible means of escape...
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When a book arrives with comparisons to ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Fingersmith’, ‘The Miniaturist’ and ‘Burial Rites’, it is certain to grab my attention. Add in the deeply familiar landscape of the Yorkshire Moors and I’m sold before I’ve even cracked the spine. This is the first book of Sophia Tobin’s that I’ve come to, and I’m sure it won’t be my last.
The Vanishing is a Victorian Gothic tale of a woman held captive by her past, her position, and her duty. Even the Moors themselves add an ominous weight to her circumstance. Though she often feels naive, there is an intelligence to Annaleigh Calvert that cruelly makes her aware of the binds upon her. When she enters White Windows and life with the Twentymans, she’s looking to escape from her constraints, but it slowly becomes clear that she is more like a rabbit in a trap, and every move she makes is drawing those bindings tighter…
This is a tense and compelling read filled with interesting characters that sinks you slowly into madness, then speeds you breathless towards its conclusion. I very much enjoyed vanishing into it for a while. I think fans of Anna Hope’s ‘The Ballroom’ will love this, too.
'There is so much to admire in Sophia Tobin's third novel THE VANISHING. It draws one in with the intimacy likened to Jo Baker's Longbourn and compels the reader with the poignancy and drama so loved in the novels of Wilkie Collins. The beauty of the writing sings throughout. A splendid and accomplished literary page turner' -- Kate Mayfield 'I love novels full of darkness and intrigue, and this has plenty of both. I found it so compelling that I couldn't wait to go back to it and really wanted to read it curled up on the sofa by a roaring fire on a dark and stormy night. I loved the gothic feel - passion, deception, betrayal and revenge, all set against the backdrop of an isolated house on the rain-lashed Yorkshire moors. What's not to love? Definitely reminiscent of the Brontes - a cross between Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights' -- Susan Elliot Wright 'Vivid, absorbing and wonderfully gothic, with shades of Sarah Waters and Emily and Charlotte Bronte' Kate Riordan 'Playful and menacing The Vanishing is a pitch perfect evocation of a classic nineteenth century Gothic novel which confirms Sophia Tobin as a writer of the highest calibre.' -- William Ryan, author of The Constant Soldier 'Brilliantly Bronte-esque. Perfect reading for a stormy night' -- Anna Mazzola 'Atmosphere aplenty and some real surprises' Daily Mail 'Think Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre, but 10 times darker, and you The Vanishing... The Vanishing has a great opening, and gets as dark and eerie and gothic as the Yorkshire Moors it is set on. One to curl up by the fire with on a windy night.' Stylist 'Tobin writes with brio and the narrative carries the reader briskly along. The plotting is skilful, with a network of lies being woven so that no one, characters or readers, can be sure of the truth' Daily Express 'An atmospheric historical novel that echoes Wuthering Heights with its Yorkshire Moors setting and sense of intrigue... Not one to read on a dark, windy night' RED 'What happened to the housekeeper who preceded Annaleigh at White Windows? Will this house she has escaped to become her prison? An atmospheric tale of betrayal and revenge set on the remote Yorkshire Moors' Woman & Home 'There is a Jane Eyre feel to The Vanishing by Sophia Tobin' Good Housekeeping 'A thrilling atmospheric page-turner in which madness threatens to unhinge the protagonists' Metro 'A Gothic tale of love and betrayal set on the Yorkshire Moors' My Weekly