The Two Mrs. Carlyles
A suspenseful and page-turning descent into obsession, love, and murder in the wake of San Francisco's most deadly earthquake – and Suzanne Rindell's most haunting novel since her acclaimed debut The Other TypistNot all secrets are willing to stay buried.Violet may be one of three people in San Francisco grateful for the devastating destruction of the 1906 earthquake, which leaves her and her two best friends unexpectedly wealthy – assuming they can leave the horrifying secret that binds them together buried beneath the rubble. Fearing discovery, the women strike out on their own, and Violet finds herself in a new and fulfilling life of independence.When a whirlwind romance with the city's most eligible widower, Harry Carlyle, lands her in a luxurious mansion as the second Mrs. Carlyle, it seems like all of her dreams of happiness and love have come true. But all is not right in the Carlyle home, and Violet soon finds herself trapped by the lingering specter of the first Mrs. Carlyle, and by the inescapable secrets of her own violent history.

The Two Mrs. Carlyles Details

TitleThe Two Mrs. Carlyles
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 28th, 2020
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN-139780525539209
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Adult Fiction, Historical Mystery

The Two Mrs. Carlyles Review

  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Not all secrets are willing to stay buried. Orphans, San Francisco, a dance hall, an earthquake, a marriage, a haunting, a Gothic tale of love, friendship, marriage, secrets and murder.The above words can be used to sum up Suzanne Rindell's "The Two Mrs. Carlyles." Violet met Cora and Flossie in an orphanage and soon found good fortune after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. The mysterious money and their secret around how they obtained the money binds them but also causes them to g 3.5 stars Not all secrets are willing to stay buried. Orphans, San Francisco, a dance hall, an earthquake, a marriage, a haunting, a Gothic tale of love, friendship, marriage, secrets and murder.The above words can be used to sum up Suzanne Rindell's "The Two Mrs. Carlyles." Violet met Cora and Flossie in an orphanage and soon found good fortune after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. The mysterious money and their secret around how they obtained the money binds them but also causes them to go their separate ways.Violet's life changes again when she meets Harry Carlyle and becomes his wife. After moving into his mansion, she soon begins to feel as if something isn't quite right. She hears noises and sees a burning candle. She also lives under the "shadow" of the first Mrs. Carlyle whose picture still hangs in the home. The house appears to have secrets as does Violet herself. As the book progresses, I soon wondered who could be trusted. Is Violet an unreliable narrator? Is she a victim? Is the house haunted? Is there something more sinister going on? What really happened to the first Mrs. Carlyle? The book had a certain ebb and flow to it, it begins strong introducing Violet, Cora and Flossie, then it evens out and slows down a little but only to build toward the last third of the book where many twists and turns occur. This book does have a dark Gothic feel to it and at times it felt like an homage to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca.Besides the 1906 Earthquake and going on a ship to reach the honeymoon location, I feel this book could work in any era. After the honeymoon, I forgot this story was taking place in in the early 1900's as I was invested in the story and wanted to find out just what the heck was going on. But it might have been nice to see a little more about the devastation left behind by the Earthquake. One thing that really worked was the mansion with its Gothic vibe not to mention, the first Mrs. Carlyle's portrait on full display. That is a tad creepy all on its own.Dark, Gothic, well written and captivating. This is another book with characters who should really be wondering how well they know someone. How well do they know themselves? This was an interesting tale about friendship, obsession, marriage, and wealth.I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    1906, San Francisco before the earthquake. Violet grows up in orphanage, where she becomes close friends with Cora and Flossie. When the orphanage catches fire, the girls run away. Violet is not quite fourteen and the other two girls sixteen. They find a boardinghouse, where the two older girls work as dancers and Violet as a maid. They fail to notice the red signs in the district.After the earthquake. There is a reason why three friends need to split and go their separate ways. Violet, at sixte 1906, San Francisco before the earthquake. Violet grows up in orphanage, where she becomes close friends with Cora and Flossie. When the orphanage catches fire, the girls run away. Violet is not quite fourteen and the other two girls sixteen. They find a boardinghouse, where the two older girls work as dancers and Violet as a maid. They fail to notice the red signs in the district.After the earthquake. There is a reason why three friends need to split and go their separate ways. Violet, at sixteen, always protected by the two older friends, now needs to forge her own way. When she meets a man of higher station, she is afraid to reveal her past. But as it turns out, he also has a past he’d rather not reveal.The beginning of the story is very strong (30%). I got pulled into the story from the prologue. Once Violet meets Harry her strong character weakens. She becomes insecure at moments and some dialogue comes across as forced. It doesn’t always have a good flow. In the second half of the book concerning the mystery of their pasts, there are some slower moments. The pace is not always consistent. The story is fairly interesting. It has some twists and turns. With the slower pacing, what kept me interested was the mystery. I wanted to know how the story ends.The historical background is non-existent. This fictional story is simply set around the famous earthquake, but it doesn’t bring the atmosphere of the effects after the earthquake. P.S. I honestly think that publishers do themselves a disservice by not creating sub-categories under the genre of historical fiction to better classify books. There are so many readers who are not that much into historical fiction or are looking for something “light” under this genre and that’s the book for them. And there are readers, including me, who are interested in “heavy” HF with rich period depiction or interested in stories that offer a lesser known fact from which something can be learned. I’m interested in stories that resonate with me and in order to find those stories I need a better categorization. Isn’t it what this is about? A story that resonates with a reader?Source: ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • MicheleReader
    January 1, 1970
    The Two Mrs. Carlyles is an entertaining work of historical fiction and suspense. It pays homage to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca.This haunting story is set in San Francisco in the early 1900s. Violet is sent to an orphanage after losing her parents and becomes close friends with Cora and Flossie. After a fire destroys the orphanage, the three friends find themselves trying to survive. The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake ends up freeing them from a hard life in the seedy Barbary Coast, a red-light d The Two Mrs. Carlyles is an entertaining work of historical fiction and suspense. It pays homage to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca.This haunting story is set in San Francisco in the early 1900s. Violet is sent to an orphanage after losing her parents and becomes close friends with Cora and Flossie. After a fire destroys the orphanage, the three friends find themselves trying to survive. The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake ends up freeing them from a hard life in the seedy Barbary Coast, a red-light district. The three separate to create new lives for themselves.Violet becomes a shop-girl selling fine hats and catches the eye of handsome, wealthy Harry Carlyle, much to the shock of her friends, who she has reunited with. Once married, she moves into his mansion and feels like an outsider in the home once occupied by the first Mrs. Carlyle whose absence is a mystery. Did she die in the Earthquake or did she secretly run away? When strange occurrences start taking place, is Violet imaging things? Her husband’s faithful Head of Household Miss Weber reinforces her fears that she is not wanted in the house. There’s a tenseness throughout which keeps you on edge and fearful for Violet. And also wondering if perhaps it’s Violet who is the real culprit to all that is going amiss. This is a well-written, dark, Gothic-style book that will keep you guessing until the end. Calling Alfred Hitchcock.Many thanks to Edelweiss, G.P. Putnam’s Sons / Penguin Publishing Group and author Suzanne Rindell for a copy of The Two Mrs. Carlyles in advance of its July 28, 2020 release.Review posted at MicheleReader.com.
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  • Sarah Mac
    January 1, 1970
    YES. Finally, a new historical suspense from Rindell's marvelous Hitchcockian keyboard. 😱 *insert flailing here* I can't even tell you how much I loved THE OTHER TYPIST.
  • Amy Poeppel
    January 1, 1970
    Such a page-turner! I always love Suzanne Rindell's books - and this one is fabulous!! It's suspenseful, scary, and a wonderful glimpse into life in San Francisco after the turn of the century. A wonderful novel.
  • MaryannC. Book Freak
    January 1, 1970
    Set against the backdrop of San Francisco 1906, orphans and friends Violet, Flossie and Cora find themselves suddenly richer when a devastating earthquake yields a safe of cash and jewelry. As the young women enjoy theirnew found wealth they each venture out on their own with plans to reconnect someday. During a fortuitous meeting with handsome, wealthy widower Harry Carlyle, whom Violet marries, there are whispered rumours that the first Mrs Carlyle died under mysterious circumstances during th Set against the backdrop of San Francisco 1906, orphans and friends Violet, Flossie and Cora find themselves suddenly richer when a devastating earthquake yields a safe of cash and jewelry. As the young women enjoy theirnew found wealth they each venture out on their own with plans to reconnect someday. During a fortuitous meeting with handsome, wealthy widower Harry Carlyle, whom Violet marries, there are whispered rumours that the first Mrs Carlyle died under mysterious circumstances during the violent earthquake that took her life. As Violet begins to settle in to her happy married life in the mansion she now calls home, she feels the unease that the first Mrs Carlyle still has a lingering, haunting presence in the house and sets to inquiring information about her from their dour, creepy servant Miss Weber who seems to know more than she lets on to. With a hint of the classic, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier this was an engrossing, suspenseful, page turner that had me ignoring the kids at times, sorry to say.Thanks to Edelweiss for a complimentary copy of this in exchange for my review, all opinions are my own.
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  • Brendan Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Once in a while there comes along a book that scores that sweet trifecta: informative, a page-turner, and well-written. From the outset the lead character Violet intrigues her with her lapses in memory, perhaps tied to a medication given to her by her two closest friends, who work as sister and mother figures for her. The great San Francisco earthquake precipitates a new beginning for Violet, and she goes out on her own, finding work in a hatshop - a job that leads her to a brave, but fraught ex Once in a while there comes along a book that scores that sweet trifecta: informative, a page-turner, and well-written. From the outset the lead character Violet intrigues her with her lapses in memory, perhaps tied to a medication given to her by her two closest friends, who work as sister and mother figures for her. The great San Francisco earthquake precipitates a new beginning for Violet, and she goes out on her own, finding work in a hatshop - a job that leads her to a brave, but fraught existence. As the book unfurls, we don't know whether to root for Violet, or worry as she gets herself deeper into a bad situation. Doors open and close, a path that seems the way forward suddenly shuts down. The book obviously owes a debt to the British writer Daphne Du Maurier's "Rebecca" with its romance and intrigue. But in addition, you've got something else surprising: a naturalist's eye for physical detail. Sure, there's the gloom and fog of San Francisco - but also earth moving as the city on the bay recovers from the earthquake, and the modern city we recognize today comes into being. On top of that the plot's a formidable Cummins of an engine - I challenge any reader on this site to pick up The Two Mrs. Carlyles and not finish it in less than a week. Having read the book twice, I'll also say that there are a number of clues that don't become evident until a second read. With her attention to detail, and obvious love of the sentence, it's no surprise that Ms. Rindell has a Ph.D. in English literature. Pick this up then for a history lesson of turn-of-the-century San Francisco, insight into the nature of friendship, the role of natural catastrophe in a life, and economic disparity. The Two Mrs. Carlyles is a very, very good read that you would do best to get in your reading paws very, very soon.
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  • Meg
    January 1, 1970
    The Two Mrs. Carlyles by Suzanne Rindell is a twisty historical thriller, with a deeply unreliable narrator.From childhood, Violet experiences odd spells and memory gaps, often finding herself in a strange place or holding something incriminating and confusing, with no idea what's happened. Fortunately, her best friends, Cora and Flossie, are usually on hand to help her out. The massive San Francisco earthquake leaves many devastated, but for Violet and her friends, the upheaval provides cover a The Two Mrs. Carlyles by Suzanne Rindell is a twisty historical thriller, with a deeply unreliable narrator.From childhood, Violet experiences odd spells and memory gaps, often finding herself in a strange place or holding something incriminating and confusing, with no idea what's happened. Fortunately, her best friends, Cora and Flossie, are usually on hand to help her out. The massive San Francisco earthquake leaves many devastated, but for Violet and her friends, the upheaval provides cover and escape from their lives at the dancing hall. Unsure of the details, though, Violet doesn't want to think too carefully about what may have happened that day.After her years in the orphanage and then in the dancing hall, working at a counter in a hat shop is everything Violet could have imagined. When handsome, rich, eligible bachelor Harry Carlyle pursues Violet, it seems like all her problems are over. Especially if Violet just  never mentions her strange, forgetful spells or certain parts of her earlier life...But after the wedding, instead of an escape to a life of privilege, she is the nominal mistress of a creepy house that's still a shrine to the first Mrs Carlyle. There are connections to Rebecca (a theme and style I just loved in The Winters), in the Carlyle house with the terrifyingly devoted housekeeper. There's a really gothic creepiness here, with the gorgeous but chilling portrait of the first wife, ghostly night piano music,  a husband who won't answer any questions, and the strange gaps in Violet's own memories.As Violet tries to figure out who she can trust, I was unable to put this book down. I was just stunned by the twists, and the way there were little hints and misdirections throughout the story. At the end of the book, I was so sure of my theory about the first Mrs. Carlyle (Link contains spoilers), that I went back and reread parts of the book to confirm.
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  • Cathy Branciforte
    January 1, 1970
    A real page turner that takes place right around the Great Earthquake in San Francisco in 1908, and it follows Violet and her friends from the orphanage as they make their way through the following months and years. Suspense,intrigue,many twists and turns, and a great attention to detail make this one heck of a great read! Highly recommend!Thanks to G.P. Putnam and Edelweiss for the digital review copy!
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  • Jess Clayton
    January 1, 1970
    My review of this book: meh.Don't get me wrong...I am a fan of Suzanne Rindell's books - I've read them all. They've thus far combined two of my favorite genres, which are historical fiction and mystery. Now, the reason I was underwhelmed with this one is because the only historical piece is that it takes place in San Francisco around the time of the 1906 earthquake. Three orphaned teenagers meet and become best friends at an orphanage but when their home burns down, they run off to San Francisc My review of this book: meh.Don't get me wrong...I am a fan of Suzanne Rindell's books - I've read them all. They've thus far combined two of my favorite genres, which are historical fiction and mystery. Now, the reason I was underwhelmed with this one is because the only historical piece is that it takes place in San Francisco around the time of the 1906 earthquake. Three orphaned teenagers meet and become best friends at an orphanage but when their home burns down, they run off to San Francisco in hopes of a new life. The first half of the book is about the years they lived together in the red-light district at a boarding house for dancers. I actually liked this part of the story. You really learn the character of each girl as they interacted with one another, which becomes very important later in the book. You get the sense that they all have secrets but they never fully reveal anything. Cut to part two - and Violet is on her own. This part was quite boring and I almost lost interest. She meets and marries the wealthiest man in San Francisco and goes on her honeymoon with Mr Carlyle. The suspense spikes again when she moves into his mansion, complete with a mysterious painting of the first Mrs. Carlyle, a creepy housekeeper, and strange sounds at night. This is the point when the other two girls come back into the plot and the momentum is back. I think I would have liked it more without the romance in the middle because it slowed down the pace of the plot. Overall, it was ok. I am still a fan and will read her future work. I would say if you are looking for a Historical page-turning thriller, check out her earlier book, The Other Typist. If you want a light mystery set in the past, then give this one a try.Thank you to Edelweiss and Putnam for the advance copy in exchange for my review.
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  • Kim McGee
    January 1, 1970
    Historical fiction in the time of the great San Francisco earthquake with a gothic ghost story mixed in.Violet had a rough start in life and suffers from strange spells where things happen that she doesn't remember doing afterward making her an unreliable witness, her friends at the orphanage and then boarding house are trying to protect her and the earthquake gives them the perfect cover for a fresh start making them our next unreliable witnesses. Violet gets her life in order meeting and falli Historical fiction in the time of the great San Francisco earthquake with a gothic ghost story mixed in.Violet had a rough start in life and suffers from strange spells where things happen that she doesn't remember doing afterward making her an unreliable witness, her friends at the orphanage and then boarding house are trying to protect her and the earthquake gives them the perfect cover for a fresh start making them our next unreliable witnesses. Violet gets her life in order meeting and falling for a wealthy widower whose housekeeper wants him all to her self making her another unreliable witness. Strange things are happening at the house leading Violet to believe that the first Mrs. Carlyle is also not happy with her moving in. Reputations ruined, dastardly deeds, false friends and madness all play a big role here. Fans of Lyndsay Faye and Francine River's REDEEMING LOVE will find much to love here. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
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  • Taylor Holt
    January 1, 1970
    I knew I had to request this newest novel by Suzanne Rindell because I was so impressed with her previous books, EAGLE & CRANE and THE OTHER TYPIST. This book is similar in some ways - a period piece, focuses on female friendships, and leaves the reader wondering who is telling the truth. Rindell is adept at creating characters that lie by omission, and it's up to the reader to decide who to believe and who to be suspicious of. And that suspicion, at least mine, kept jumping from person to perso I knew I had to request this newest novel by Suzanne Rindell because I was so impressed with her previous books, EAGLE & CRANE and THE OTHER TYPIST. This book is similar in some ways - a period piece, focuses on female friendships, and leaves the reader wondering who is telling the truth. Rindell is adept at creating characters that lie by omission, and it's up to the reader to decide who to believe and who to be suspicious of. And that suspicion, at least mine, kept jumping from person to person! Was Mr. Carlyle to be trusted? Was his housekeeper harboring secrets? What happened to the first Mrs. Carlyle? I was kept guessing til the VERY end, and am happy to say that I was completely surprised by the ending. Thank you for the San Francisco time travel, Ms. Rindell. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.Thank you to Edelweiss and Putnam Books for the digital ARC.thelithaven.com
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE Suzanne Rindell. I picked up this book last night, and then couldn't wait to read the ending (so I read it this morning in a Starbucks parking lot, as one does). While the book does at times feel like it's picking from several different literary styles, ultimately it's so much fun to read that I would recommend it to anyone looking for a fast-paced thriller.This story follows Violet, who is an orphan in early 1900s San Francisco. She has two close female friends, Flossie and Cora, and the I LOVE Suzanne Rindell. I picked up this book last night, and then couldn't wait to read the ending (so I read it this morning in a Starbucks parking lot, as one does). While the book does at times feel like it's picking from several different literary styles, ultimately it's so much fun to read that I would recommend it to anyone looking for a fast-paced thriller.This story follows Violet, who is an orphan in early 1900s San Francisco. She has two close female friends, Flossie and Cora, and the three of them end up in a dance hall in the Barbary Coast district. When the 1906 earthquake hits, they are able to reinvent themselves and go into San Francisco society in three distinct ways. But Violet has always suffered from odd fainting spells and memory loss, and odd things happen wherever she goes. When she gets married to a wealthy widower, strange things begin to happen in his fancy rebuilt mansion, and she has to determine what's really going on.I really liked the early San Francisco setting and loved all of the geographic details thrown into the book (the tent city after the earthquake in Golden Gate Park, Violet's walks around Stow Lake, the origin of the name "Alamo Square"). Violet has a somewhat quick rise from penniless orphan to fabulously wealthy woman, but setting this around the San Francisco earthquake and showing the social movement possible at the time made this seem more plausible. I also really enjoyed the trip to Hawaii, Violet's first job at the Emporium (at the millinery counter! I can't think of anything more 1906), and the Portola automobile parade. The book felt grounded in a realistic setting without feeling too researched.I also really liked, and was fascinated by, the relationship between Flossie, Cora, and Violet. Very early on, one of the other women in the dance hall mentions that three is a tough number for friendship. While I thought that aspects of the relationships could have been a little more nuanced (view spoiler)[(Flossie is SO good and kind that it comes off as suspicious to this cynical reader) (hide spoiler)], I enjoyed the constant shifting between the three girls and Violet's own self-doubt. The marriage between Harry and Violet works, too, even though it is a little too Rebecca for my taste. I think the ending of the book is so good that the parallel didn't feel too obvious. (view spoiler)[I love that the candles are still burning, and Harry is likely still guilty in some way, on the very last page!! (hide spoiler)]Anyway, there are likely aspects of this that could have been better, but I honestly just have so much fun reading Suzanne Rindell that I don't care. More books, please!!
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  • Connie
    January 1, 1970
    San FranciscoViolet was raised in an orphanage after the deaths of her parents when she was just 7. She was plagued with what were called spells and incessant crying. Her good friends were Cora and Flossie. The girls dreamed of running away, so when the orphanage caught on fire, they ran. It was later found to be arson. With no where else to go, Cora and Flossie found jobs in a dance hall and Violet was the cook and cleaner. Life for them was harsh until one day, there was a devastating earthqua San FranciscoViolet was raised in an orphanage after the deaths of her parents when she was just 7. She was plagued with what were called spells and incessant crying. Her good friends were Cora and Flossie. The girls dreamed of running away, so when the orphanage caught on fire, they ran. It was later found to be arson. With no where else to go, Cora and Flossie found jobs in a dance hall and Violet was the cook and cleaner. Life for them was harsh until one day, there was a devastating earthquake that destroyed San Francisco. They took shelter wherever they could. After a few months, Cora was determined that the three of them should go their separate ways because they were all hiding a huge secret and they needed to start new lives.Violet found a job as a shop girl in a shoe store and later got a better job in the millinery department of a large emporium. She was occasionally hit with one of her spells which left her essentially not remembering what happened. One day, a handsome, older, and wealthy man named Harry Carlyle approached her at he emporium and together they designed a crazy hat. Later, he invites her out to dinner and other places. Affection develops between them and they marry. Not all is as it should because Harry’s first wife supposedly fled the marriage just before the earthquake and has not been seen since. Thus, Harry had her declared dead. Soon, Violet starts finding unusual things in the house and wonders if it’s her spells returning or is something more sinister going on?Well now. This was a terrific whodunit in the Agatha Christie style. I really enjoyed it but must admit I was left with a couple of questions at the end that rather smacked of a sequel. If so, I would be waiting first in line to read it. Enjoy!Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Cozy Cat Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fun read ! I loved this book . Its part thriller, part suspense, part domestic drama and paranormal. It has so many fun elements to it that I found myself turning pages into the night. Very well done to the author. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review is my own synopsis. We are introduced to three young women that are friends and working at a San Francisco boarding house . When the earthquake occurs they realize their boss has been murdered This was such a fun read ! I loved this book . Its part thriller, part suspense, part domestic drama and paranormal. It has so many fun elements to it that I found myself turning pages into the night. Very well done to the author. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review is my own synopsis. We are introduced to three young women that are friends and working at a San Francisco boarding house . When the earthquake occurs they realize their boss has been murdered and they steal his money from the safe. They make a pact to meet in a year and wish each other well. As each reinvents themselves one of the women Violet meets a new rich widower of considerable San Francisco wealth. She marries him with the understanding his wife died in the earthquake. The servants are not pleased and treat her badly. Soon strange noises and happenings occur in their home . Violet feels her perfect new life may not be what it seems on the surface. I love Suzanne Rindell's writing. The author captures the essence of old San Francisco amid the after effects of the earthquake. The charcters are strong and I liked all of the women for their strength and ability to start over in life amid difficult times for women . A enjoyable read that had me enthralled from start to finish. I highly recommend this book for your reading enjoyment.
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  • Reeca Elliott
    January 1, 1970
    Violet, Cora and Flossie escape the orphanage fire in the nick of time. They run away and try to create a life of their own. It is not as easy as it seems. They end up in a brothel. But, as the years go along, they realize they are trapped in this life. Then the earthquake happens and all three girls are rich due to unforeseen circumstances.Violet ends up as a shop girl and she finds the man of her dreams, Harry Carlyle. But, he starts to fall mysteriously ill. Then, many strange things start to Violet, Cora and Flossie escape the orphanage fire in the nick of time. They run away and try to create a life of their own. It is not as easy as it seems. They end up in a brothel. But, as the years go along, they realize they are trapped in this life. Then the earthquake happens and all three girls are rich due to unforeseen circumstances.Violet ends up as a shop girl and she finds the man of her dreams, Harry Carlyle. But, he starts to fall mysteriously ill. Then, many strange things start to happen. Violet actually worries that the first Mrs. Carlyle is haunting her.This is a wicked tale. I enjoyed every minute of it. I was captivated by the weird happenings in the house and then when he fell ill….oh boy!I did figure out part of the story. But there is a little twist in the end. This is a super good read with awesome characters and a wonderful setting!I actually feel this is 4.5 stars…you round up right?!?! Grab your copy today! You will be glad you did!I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
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  • Connie
    January 1, 1970
    I have not read anything else by Suzanne Rindell, but I chose this one due to the plotline and the historical time period. Unfortunately, there was very little history in this "historical fiction." I love historical fiction when I get to learn some history in a novel, but this one did not include any history; rather, it just took place during and after the big San Francisco earthquake of 1906.The story of these three young women who are finding their way in the world after the earthquake include I have not read anything else by Suzanne Rindell, but I chose this one due to the plotline and the historical time period. Unfortunately, there was very little history in this "historical fiction." I love historical fiction when I get to learn some history in a novel, but this one did not include any history; rather, it just took place during and after the big San Francisco earthquake of 1906.The story of these three young women who are finding their way in the world after the earthquake includes some romance, gothic mystery and a bit of suspense. I was enjoying the plot until I got closer to the end, which I found quite unbelievable. Despite all this, it was a fairly enjoyable read.If you are a reader who appreciates a light mystery set in a historical time period, this may be for you.Thank you to the publisher, Penguin Group Putnam, as well at NetGalley for advanced access to a digital copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Beck
    January 1, 1970
    Haunting and Chilling.The earthquake of 1906 was one of the worst of all times. It left destruction and havoc in its wake.. but not necessarily for Violet. She fell into a windfall when she met and married Harry Carlysle. However, something is not quite right about the sprawling, beautiful mansion in which she now lives. Not right at all. There is something or someone lurking about. . .Ooohh. This book is not one to read before you go to bed.. or if you like the thrills and chills then do read i Haunting and Chilling.The earthquake of 1906 was one of the worst of all times. It left destruction and havoc in its wake.. but not necessarily for Violet. She fell into a windfall when she met and married Harry Carlysle. However, something is not quite right about the sprawling, beautiful mansion in which she now lives. Not right at all. There is something or someone lurking about. . .Ooohh. This book is not one to read before you go to bed.. or if you like the thrills and chills then do read it before you turn in! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I was particularly drawn to the era in which the story was set. I also didn't know much about the earthquake of 1906. I enjoyed learning more about that. Recommended for historical fiction and fans that enjoy Gothic-like novels.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, the twists and turns in this novel start almost immediately and any plot description detracts from the reading experience. Suffice it to say that the tale we follow Violet through will have you doubting the truth at every turn, especially if you have read Suzanne Rindell before. She has a real gift for always leaving the reader wondering...I have followed this author since her debut was published and I'm always up for whatever comes next. This is the perfect remedy for the readerly gloomies Ok, the twists and turns in this novel start almost immediately and any plot description detracts from the reading experience. Suffice it to say that the tale we follow Violet through will have you doubting the truth at every turn, especially if you have read Suzanne Rindell before. She has a real gift for always leaving the reader wondering...I have followed this author since her debut was published and I'm always up for whatever comes next. This is the perfect remedy for the readerly gloomies that have been hovering lately. I highly recommend anything by Suzanne Rindell but I think this is her best yet.
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  • Jayme M
    January 1, 1970
    Part ghost story, part romance, part history, this book had me hooked from the beginning! This is a book for people who want a moody historical setting with a dash of Hitchcockian thriller. San Francisco is its own character in this novel. It was fun watching the city grow into itself following the 1906 quake, and I enjoyed seeing landmarks I know become features of the novel. The city makes the perfect backdrop for Violet as she finds herself increasingly entangled in her own past. The book had Part ghost story, part romance, part history, this book had me hooked from the beginning! This is a book for people who want a moody historical setting with a dash of Hitchcockian thriller. San Francisco is its own character in this novel. It was fun watching the city grow into itself following the 1906 quake, and I enjoyed seeing landmarks I know become features of the novel. The city makes the perfect backdrop for Violet as she finds herself increasingly entangled in her own past. The book had me turning pages right up until its satisfying conclusion. The perfect read for a wintry day!
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  • Sabrina Kirby
    January 1, 1970
    Wow - what a ride this was! I could not put this book down. It was a fun mystery with lots of twists. I was constantly trying to figure out "who done it". I enjoyed the "ghost" element to this story and have to admit, I did not see the end coming. I would recommend this for a fun/mystery read. Thank you Edelweiss, Penguin Publishing Group, and Suzanne Rindell for my advanced reader copy! Release date July 28, 2020Review posted on Goodreads February 21, 2020
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  • Alma
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely LOVED this book! I hung onto every word, turning pages in anticipation of what was going to happen next, while never expecting half of what DID happen. Suzanne Rindell leads her adult readers on a spooky, suspenseful whirlwind ride that ends with a twist. Great job Suzanne! Read more about this great book on my blog: https://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.... I absolutely LOVED this book! I hung onto every word, turning pages in anticipation of what was going to happen next, while never expecting half of what DID happen. Suzanne Rindell leads her adult readers on a spooky, suspenseful whirlwind ride that ends with a twist. Great job Suzanne! Read more about this great book on my blog: https://shouldireaditornot.wordpress....
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  • Nona
    January 1, 1970
    I love Suzanne Rindell's story weaving and The Two Mrs. Carlyles did not disappoint! Three close friends, from they time they lived in an orphanage, through working as dance hall girls, drift apart following the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. The story that follows keeps you glued to the pages - a twisty "who-done-it"!
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    History, intrigue, suspense, detail and mystery. What a wonderful combination in The Two Mrs. Carlyles. I loved the setting of San Francisco right before (days) the earthquake that impacted residents, architecture, businesses and people throughout the city. Thank you Suzanne Rindell for the story of Violet, her friends, and the amazing city. I am going to have another read.
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  • Belva
    January 1, 1970
    More like 3.5 stars really. This was an enjoyable book and a pleasant departure in style from what I've been reading lately. It was easy to read, fast paced, and the plot kept you searching for answers. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys just basic mysteries. My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a galley of this book for review.
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  • Kimberly Mussell
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fun and intriguing read! I wasn’t sure how this was going to end, but I can honestly say I didn’t see that coming!!Suzanne gets you to hate some characters and then you feel bad for how you felt!! This was really enjoyable and kept my interest throughout. Historical fiction, but also a suspense!
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  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    I don't normally like modern retellings of Rebecca; this one had clear parallels with the classic, but still managed to tell it's own unique story WITHOUT offending me by changing too much. A winner in my book!
  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    A newly structured retelling with an original backstory inspired by the 1940 Hitchcock film classic, “Rebecca,” itself based on Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name. Set in the 1900s in San Francisco. Gothic. Great little spooky book!
  • Tamara
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.Quick thoughts:Really great story.
  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to come.
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