Sarah Perry's Historical Fiction novel, The Essex Serpent, was one of my favourite books of 2017. I don't read much Historical Fiction, but I loved the premise of pitting logic against religion against superstition, told from the perspective of a bad-ass female character. So, I had to grab her newest novel, Melmoth, when it appeared on our shelves.
Imagine my delight to discover that Melmoth, although set mostly in the present day, was a gosh-darn Gothic Horror! Jeanette's lucky day, folks. Neither gruesome nor gory, Melmoth was nevertheless a "read it with all the lights on" book for me; the looming figure of the Witness creates an almost oppressive tension that left me spellbound. Melmoth is an intricately choreographed danse macabre that weaves together unwitting characters throughout time and space. Exploring the universal themes of loneliness, guilt, and grief, Melmoth is not a light or easy read, but I was completely captivated.