An exploration of domestic derangement, as sinister as Daphne Du Mauriers classic Rebecca, that plumbs the depths of sibling rivalry with wit and menace.Oh, to be a Belovedone of those lucky people for whom nothing ever goes wrong. Everything falls into their laps without effort: happiness, beauty, good fortune, allure.Betty Stash is not a Belovedbut her little sister, the delightful Gloria, is. Shes the one with the golden curls and sunny disposition and captivating smile, the one whose best friend used to be Bettys, the one whose husband should have been Bettys. And then, to everyones surprise, Gloria inherits the family mansea vast, gorgeous pile of ancient stone, imposing timbers, and lush gardensthat was never meant to be hers.Losing what Betty considers her rightful inheritance is the final indignity. As she single-mindedly pursues her plan to see the estate returned to her in all its glory, her determined and increasingly unhinged behavioraided by poisonous mushrooms, talking walls, and a phantom dogescalates to the point of no return. The Beloveds will have you wondering if theres a length to which an envious sister wont go....
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'The loathing I experienced at the sight of her pulsed in that part of me, somewhere middle chest, a dark liverish thing that’s still there after all these years.'
Betty Stash knows she isn’t a beloved, no one is making her world spin with all things lovely and delightful nor breaking their backs to make her happy. She isn’t like her blessed, younger, golden sister Gloria that charms her way into everyone’s bones at first meeting. Nothing is easi ...more
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This cover instantly drew me in. THE BELOVEDS by Maureen Lindley wasn't what I was expecting it to be and I was very happy that Emily (book.happy) told me that it wasn't a thriller. That's good to know going into this read - its more fiction with a dash of mystery to it.
A Beloved is someone that is lucky enough in life to have nothing go wrong for them. Everything effortlessly is given to them - beauty, happiness, for ...more
I'm not even sure where to start with this book. It's very unique and odd, and I ended up really enjoying it. It's about two sisters, and their family home, and the sisters' relationship reminded me a lot of Blair & Serena from Gossip Girl. The main character (Betty) is definitely the Blair, and her sister (Gloria) is the Serena AKA a Beloved.
This story has a lot of gothic elements, and there were some parts that reminded me of We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Betty is incredibly attache ...more
Let me count the reasons I LOVED this novel…
1. Gothic feel with a mansion that is an integral part of the story.
2. Mounting tension as the pages turn.
3. Creepy narrator who converses with the house.
4. The witty, yet dark and disturbing humor.
Told from the point of view of Elizabeth (Betty) Stash, who is not the golden, favorite child of her mother. The beloved child is her sister, Gloria, who basks in all her goodness. Betty believes that her sister “makes everything sound like a story from Beat ...more
Rating: 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars.
Betty Stash loves nothing and no one more than she loves Pipets, her childhood home. Every inch of House (as she calls it) is precious to her—perhaps a bit too precious, as we learn in the beginning of the book that she has been recently diagnosed as an objectophile. As the oldest daughter, she expected to be the one to inherit Pipets. After the death of her mother, Betty learned Pipits was to be inherited by younger sister Gloria. She is enraged, thinking ...more
Betty Stash is not a Beloved but her younger sister Gloria is. When Gloria inherits the stately family home, Betty will stop at nothing to get back what she feels is rightfully hers!!!! Thankyou Goodreads for this free book.
There's an expression that my grandmother used to say about people who thought a bit too much of themselves - 'I'd like to buy them for what they're worth and sell them for what they think they're worth.' That came to mind several times while reading The Beloveds. This story is told from the perspective of Betty Stash, one of the most unlikable characters I've come across in some time. Now, given that she's the antagonist of this tale, that's to be expected. Betty is unhinged at best with her ob ...more
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