The Observations Author:Jane Harris "So there I was with two pens,my two titties,Charles Dickens,two slices of bread and a blank book at the end of my first day in the middle of nowhere. Except as it turned out it wasn't quite the end" — Scotland 1863. In an attempt to escape her not-so-innocent past in Glasgow,Bessy Buckley-the wide-eyed and sharp-tongue Irish heroine of he The O... more »bservations-takes a job as a maid in the once grand country house outside of Edinburgh working for the beautiful Arabella-the "missus". A city girl accustomed to other ways of making a living,Bessy lacks the necessary scullery skills for her new position, but as she finds out,it is her ability to read and write that makes her such a desireable hire. Bessy is intrigued by her new employer but puzzled by her increasingly strange requests and her insistence that Bessy keep a journal of her most intimate thoughts. And it seems thatn the missus has a few secret of her own. Nevertheless,Bessy is committed to starting her new life and devotes herself to her post,and to the missus.
Despite their indurnountable differences in class and comportment,Bessy and Arabella develop an affinity for each other,one that soon becomes tinged with dependence and mutual suspicion. As is usually the case in isolated Victorian houses,all is not as it seems. Curious to a fault,Bessy soon makes a troubling discovery about the missus and the maids who have come before her. And when a childish prank enacted out of revenge spins out of control,Bessy realizes she's fled one difficult past only to arrive in an even more disturbing present.
With its cinematic vividness,masterly,often hilarious dialogue, and its sophisticated yet unexpectedly light hearted take on Victorian hypocrisy,The Observations is a powerful tale of secrets,sordid pasts, and mysterious disappearances. And it is unquestionably the story of the irresistible Bessy Buckley ,one of the most delightful heroines in recent fiction. Ahugely assure adn darkly funny debut,The Observations is certain to establish Jane Harris as a significant new literary talent.« less
This book is wonderful and very intriguing, hooked from the start to finish. Many curves and turns. Enjoyed this very much. So very interesting. Wanted to skip words to find things out LOL it is a very good book.