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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,287 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carol Goodman Narrator: Jen Taylor Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538466254
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In debt after her husband’s unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as a teacher at an upstate New York boarding school. Leaving suburban Long Island, Meg and her teenage daughter, Sally, embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful but isolated small town and the inspiration for a number of magically eerie fairy tales. With a hurtful rift growing between her and her daughter, Meg is hopeful that the change of scene will provide them with a fresh start. But it soon becomes clear to Meg that this isolated community hides deeply rooted and deadly secrets. And after a mysterious death, Arcadia Falls begins to reveal a disturbing dark side.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Goodman’s forte is building suspense and keeping the story moving. This novel delivers all of that plus engaging characters and a really lovely, spooky setting.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Goodman’s finely written book is rich in language and imagery. Her characters are fully fleshed out, with strong psychological underpinnings. Fairy-tale and folklore expert Meg Rosenthal’s daughter, in particular, is realistic in her surly unhappiness. Goodman's beautiful writing makes this a book to savor.”

    RT Book Reiviews

  • “Buried secrets, supernatural elements, and a creepy setting…[Goodman’s] storytelling is as solid as ever.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Goodman explores the status of women, notably their ability to have both family and artistic career, but her primary focus is on fairy tales, folklore, and myth…this is a wonderfully atmospheric literary mystery.”

    Booklist

  • “True to form, Carol Goodman is a master of imagery and setting. Her characters are so real that readers can almost touch them. Her knowledge of fairy tales, myth, folklore and arcane rituals is quite formidable, bringing verisimilitude to her tales.”

    BookReporter.com

  • “Carol Goodman’s luminous prose and superb storytelling will keep you entertained into the late hours.”

    Nancy Pickard, New York Times bestselling author

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Zubric | 2/19/2014

    " I would have given it 4 stars ntil the last chapter. She lost me in the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline Wooldridge | 2/6/2014

    " I picked this up randomly at the library. I finished it but it was not my cup of tea. A little too obvious, a little too plodding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 2/2/2014

    " I love Carol Goodman! The setting isn't anything new--a boarding school in upstate New York--but the plot is fresh and exciting. I thought I had everything figured out but, of course, that was exaclty what the author wanted. It did get a little messy at the end with all the twists, but that's why I enjoy Goodman's work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 1/28/2014

    " It seems like the further along I progressed in this book, the lower my opinion grew of it. Carol Goodman is, to me, an example of how an author can be very clearly knowledgeable on the historic facts and research of her book, and yet still not come up with a good novel. The book started out on a high note, with the wonderful descriptions of an early 1900s women's art commune in upper state New York, a decrepit cottage with Morris chairs, wallpaper with designs of "wilted lettuce", and carvings on the furniture and fireplace. But as the book progressed, the plotline became more and more implausible, until the very end of the book, when the final twist leaves you rolling your eyes in agony. I am definitely not the only reviewer who found it to be so...many people have complained about Carol Goodman's seeming talent for starting a story that hooks you in, only to end it in an utterly over-the-top yet anticlimactic way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meghan | 1/18/2014

    " I'll skip all the similarities to The Lake of Dead Languages, the plot holes, the stock characters, the ridiculous ending, and just sum it up in three words: BUILD A FENCE! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce Gilham | 1/17/2014

    " I received this book as a first read. It is an ARC issue. The book starts out sort of slow then as it picks up but it seems the story jumps around. The characters and settings that Carol creates are wonderful and the fairy tales are great to read. It seems that after Ivy falls to her death and the world seems to be righting itself again Carol jumps for another climax that seems almost forced. Good read all in all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emo | 1/14/2014

    " I really liked this book. I don't know what else to say about it. There were a lot of twists and turns and interesting things in there. It does deal with death and mystery, but I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 12/27/2013

    " Another great book by Carol Goodman "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Odi | 11/29/2013

    " Slightly too many twists, but enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aischa | 11/13/2013

    " I had no idea what kind of book I was getting into. I was a bit turned off by the fairy tale and pagan themes at first, but it all worked out to be a very interesting story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 11/3/2013

    " This one seems to do what Twisted Thread was attempting to do, but Goodman executes it better. Quick and fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 10/30/2013

    " not my favorite of her books but still a good read. i enjoyed the fairy tale aspect very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 10/23/2013

    " Another excellent book by Carol Goodman and back to her setting of a private school in upstate New York, with a deep history and unexplored mystery. I love the way she incorporates fairy tales (in this one) and sometimes myths or folktale,into her storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 9/7/2013

    " Would put it the catagory of young adult/adult! Thoroughly enjoyed with a small exception, the ending was too sudden, regarding the relationship to Lily! An excellent choice for a book club, as this was our's, and a book for a good discussion! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Burris | 7/27/2013

    " Not like her other books. Although her sense of place is there, it doesn't have the sort of scary/supernatural elements that her other books had. Instead, this actually contains a bit of a love story. Not my favorite of her books but she's still my favorite author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/15/2013

    " I love this author. Good mystery read. A bit predictable in the romance department but the overall plot is well developed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lea | 6/25/2013

    " This was really interesting but there were so many similar deaths that I started to get the giggles towards the end. I still think its worth a read though just to be along for the ride. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Smith | 6/22/2013

    " ending seemed rushed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Young | 1/29/2013

    " This rivals The Lake of Dead Languages! Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryellenmrphy | 6/9/2011

    " Not bad-she does a good job pulling you into the story, although if you've read her other books, it follows the same sort of formula. Still, a good escape. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbie | 5/9/2011

    " Another murder mystery which deals with looking to the past for answers. Lots of art. It really wasn't one of the books that when I was done I thought, "ooo that was really good." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Auriel | 4/23/2011

    " this book was actually terribly fantastic.
    yes, yes it was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 4/1/2011

    " V. twisty, but may know CG too well-could see coming "

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About the Author
Author Carol Goodman

Carol Goodman (a.k.a. Juliet Dark) is a critically acclaimed literary suspense writer whose novels include The Night Villa and The Lake of Dead Languages. Her novels have won the Hammett Prize and have been nominated for the Dublin/IMPAC Award and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her fiction has been translated into thirteen languages.

About the Narrator

Jen Taylor is an American voice actress best known for her role as Cortana in various Halo games, Zoey in Left 4 Dead, and the Xbox 360 game 1 vs. 100. In addition to her voice-over work, Taylor is also an accomplished stage actress and has appeared in a number of films and television series.