Sleep Pale Sister

Joanne Harris’ novel Sleep Pale Sister was loaned to me by a student who knows that I like gothic novels. It definitely fit that criteria. It was a nicely gothic tale about a girl who is married to an artist after being his child muse. He is a twisted character (as all good gothic characters are) and he wants Effie for his own purposes, but it’s not what you think. She is not allowed to call him by his first name and allowed no intimacy at all. One of his acquaintances, a disolute young man decides to seduce her. The affair brings her into contact with a whole new world and changes her life irrevocably.
This was an interesting novel, although lightweight. The only criticism that I have is that it was gothic by numbers. If you had to define the gothic genre, this one would tick all of the boxes. This led to it feeling a bit contrived. However, don’t let that put you off. It was enjoyable.
thanks Pheobe 🙂

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One thought on “Sleep Pale Sister

  1. Yeah, I am reading it too (Thanks Pheebs). I think that “gothic by numbers” is the perfect description for it. I am struggling to keep interested in it, but it is lightweight enough for my present “holidays” and “sore eyes” state of mind. Must choose something better to slot in between this and Harry 7 (I know how much you love him!!!!!)

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