By Libba Bray
It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mom, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is distributed off from the lifestyles she is familiar with in India to Spence, a formal boarding tuition in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and susceptible to visions of the longer term that experience an uncomfortable behavior of coming precise, Gemma’s reception there's a cold one. To make issues worse, she’s been through a mysterious younger Indian guy, a guy despatched to monitor her. yet why? what's her future? And what's going to her entanglement with Spence’s strongest girls—and their foray into the non secular world—lead to?
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I kick at him with my legs, which have found their strength again. I’ve gotten him in the tenderest of places. He crumples to the ground and I take off blindly down the street and around the next corner, fear pushing me forward. A small crowd is gathering in front of a shop. A shop where dried herbs hang from the roof. No. This is all some hideous dream. I will wake up in my own bed and hear Father’s loud, gravelly voice telling one of his long-winded jokes, Mother’s soft laughter filling in after.
But it works as I know it will. That’s what living in their world is—a big lie. An illusion where everyone looks the other way and pretends that nothing unpleasant exists at all, no goblins of the dark, no ghosts of the soul. Tom straightens his shoulders, relieved. “Right. ” The human moment has passed and he is all control again. “Gemma, Mother’s murder is a blight on this family. ” He stares at me. “Mother died of cholera,” he says emphatically, as if even he believes the lie now. “I know you disagree, but as your brother, I’m telling you that the less said, the better.
I feel a tinge of guilt for saying such a nasty thing about her home. Our home, though I don’t really feel at home anywhere these days. “Memsahib, you do not want to go to London. It is gray and cold and there is no ghee for bread. ” A train screams into the depot down near the glittering bay. Bombay. Good bay, it means, though I can’t think of anything good about it right now. A dark plume of smoke from the train stretches up, touching the heavy clouds. Mother watches it rise. ” She places a hand on her throat, fingers the necklace hanging there, a small silver medallion of an all-seeing eye atop a crescent moon.
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, Book 1) by Libba Bray