The Gilded Cage by Lucinda GrayThe Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray

The Gilded Cage

byLucinda Gray

Hardcover | May 30, 2017

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After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper class England in the 1820s, is shattered when she discovers the corpse of her brother George in a lake on the estate-the tragic accidental drowning of a young man, the coroner reports, despite the wound to George's head.

Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and get on with her life, but she can't accept that her brother's death was an accident. A bitter poacher prowls the estate, and strange visitors threaten the occupants of the house. There's a rumor, too, that a wild animal stalks the woods of Walthingham.

Can Katherine retain her sanity long enough to find out the truth? Or will her brother's killer claim her life, too?

Lucinda Gray is the pseudonym of an American novelist who lives in New York.
Title:The Gilded CageFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.48 × 5.64 × 0.94 inPublished:May 30, 2017Publisher:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1627791817

ISBN - 13:9781627791816


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Giselle at Book Nerd Canada An Electronic Advance Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change. Main reason I picked this one up? That cover. It drew me in completely. Even the inside is gorgeously designed mimicking the outside cover with its whirls and whorls. Couldn't help but click on it to request it. And I just love the historical genre so imagine my surprise when reading this synopsis that it ends up being a murder mystery. I love the first half of this book. It had all the makings of a well-established setting and a mystery that you couldn't help but try to decipher on your own. I was all up for some paranormal magical bit waiting to emerge but to my dismay I was incorrect with my assessment. And then I kept reading and my star rating ended up going down. The second part included unnecessary tolls and troubles that I didn't really think was too important. Unless one believes that said secondary character deserved a better ending. The one glaring aspect of The Gilded Cage is how women are portrayed and modeled in the book. What makes it more problematic is that it was probably the norm back then. Giving medicine to women who has emotional outbursts and probably carting them off to mental wards just because their family couldn't deal with them. And then there's the mere fact that it ends on such a depressing tone and context. I don't want to read a book that will dampen my mood, but this one did. I was just so heartbroken for Katherine that even that ending barely gave me any hope for her at all. The writing was very fluid and being tucked away into her little world was a good reprieve even if it was tormenting for the main character. I was heavily invested in the story-line and wanted so much more for Katherine. Pick this one up if you're looking for a historical murder mystery but I do warn you, it can be a bit heavy at times. So glad I took a chance and read this one!
Date published: 2016-09-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Super Disappointing Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm SO disappointed by this one. There was such hope and promise from the first 50% and it was whittled down to JAMIE BEING REALLY DISAPPOINTED. I anticipated a creative, unique gothic novel with a excellent twist and got... this. We knew the outcome at 60% and STILL HAD SO MUCH BOOK LEFT. Honestly, I was so disappointed by this one. I thought it would have such a great story and be more of a Gothic novel than anything. And while it did have some elements of that, it also was just very dry and boring. I thought that there was a lot of intrigue and mystery leading up to determining who killed her brother, but I was really disappointed by the conclusion. It seemed like everything came together really easily and it wasn't really that difficult for our MC to solve her problems. I was also wishy-washy on the romance -- as was Katherine. She seemed to be so in love with one guy and then turns around and loves another. And while I am all for people loving more than one person, it seemed more out of convenience than real attraction between any of the parties involved. I didn't really feel the heat or the chemistry between either John and Catherine or Mr. What's His Face and Catherine. It was more about who does the story need to be the romantic lead at this point to move the plot along. And the fact that she went into an asylum. What was the point of that? To show that it could happen? Great. Cool. Think of something better next time, thank you very much. I would say unless someone physically hands you a copy of this book and then forces you to read it, don't bother. And really, who would do that.
Date published: 2016-08-31

Bookclub Guide

Magic is the difference between the seen and unseen. Magic is performance. Magic is hard work and practice. But, sometimes, great magicians can make it into something truly mysterious.The word "magic" has changed over time-first used for centuries to explain natural happenings like earthquakes and illnesses-but we still use it to describe things we see but don't understand. Now, H.P. Newquist explains how (nearly) all the famous tricks work in this nonfiction narrative of magic through the ages, from the legends and oracles of ancient Egypt, to the exploits of Houdini and David Blaine.Illustrated with photographs and line drawings, this book will have middle-grade readers spellbound.

Editorial Reviews

"A fast-paced, satisfying historical novel with a gutsy heroine and an intriguing 19th-century mystery at its core."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review"The heroine's strong character and the plot twists will appeal even to teens who aren't normally interested in historical fiction. . . A worthy choice for YA collections."-School Library Journal"Katherine's first-person narration helps readers bond with her somewhat feisty approach to her new life, and the straightforward plot makes it a quick pick for reluctant readers."-Booklist