Giving in to her curiosity, Bessy makes an infuriating discovery and, out of jealousy, concocts a childish prank that backfires and threatens to jeopardize all that she has come to hold dear. Yet even when caught up in a tangle of madness, ghosts, sex, and lies, she remains devoted to Arabella. But who is really responsible for what happened to her predecessor Nora? As her past threatens to catch up with her and raise the stakes even further, Bessy begins to realize that she has not quite landed on her feet.
The Observations is a brilliantly original, endlessly intriguing story of one woman's journey from a difficult past into an even more disturbing present, narrated by one of the most vividly imagined heroines in recent fiction. This powerful story of secrets and suspicions, hidden histories and mysterious disappearances is at once compelling and heart-warming, showing the redemptive power of loyalty and friendship. A hugely assured and darkly funny debut, The Observations is certain to establish Jane Harris as a significant new literary talent....Continua
This book was OK, but didn't live up to the hype and I'm afraid I struggled to finish its hefty 521 pages. I found that the writer, much in the style of Dickens, never used one word when she could use twenty-five. For instance when there was a turn in the plot, the plot just didn't justify it's long drawn out explanations. She told us something, then she told us again, and just in case we didn't understand the significance of the happening she told us yet again....Continua
Scotland, 1863. The Observations is the story of 15 year old Bessy Buckley who takes a job as a maid in a big house. She is puzzled by her employer's increasingly strange requests and her insistence that Bessy keep a journal. Although it is a fairly tragic story (with a relatively happy ending considering), I thoroughly enjoyed the writing which reflects a number of different language and style registers....Continua