The Hidden People

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The Hidden People

The Hidden People Pretty Lizzie Higgs is gone burned to death on her own hearth but was she really a changeling as her husband insists Albie Mirralls met his cousin only once in within the grand glass arches o

  • Title: The Hidden People
  • Author: Alison Littlewood
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Pretty Lizzie Higgs is gone, burned to death on her own hearth but was she really a changeling, as her husband insists Albie Mirralls met his cousin only once, in 1851, within the grand glass arches of the Crystal Palace, but unable to countenance the rumours that surround her murder, he leaves his young wife in London and travels to Halfoak, a village steeped in supersPretty Lizzie Higgs is gone, burned to death on her own hearth but was she really a changeling, as her husband insists Albie Mirralls met his cousin only once, in 1851, within the grand glass arches of the Crystal Palace, but unable to countenance the rumours that surround her murder, he leaves his young wife in London and travels to Halfoak, a village steeped in superstition.Albie begins to look into Lizzie s death, but in this place where the old tales hold sway and the Hidden People supposedly roam, answers are slippery and further tragedy is just a step away .

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    1. Mogsy (MMOGC) on said:

      3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2016/11/22/I’m always up for a good changeling story, and Alison Littlewood is an author I’ve been meaning to read for a long time. Thus when I found out about The Hidden People, I saw this book as the perfect place to start. There’s no doubt that the story is utterly atmospheric, full of the kind of beautiful, exquisite detail that slowly creeps up on you. Littlewood also writes wonderfully and has a flair for bringing a historical setting t [...]

    2. Kari Rhiannon (Moon Magister Reviews) on said:

      4 starsI’m very fond of a faery tale. Being Welsh, I’m a little more familiar with the mythologies of the Old Celtic countries than English folklore, but both seem to overlap on a key point: their depiction of faeries as wild, elemental, not-entirely-benevolent beings. This book goes one step further, dealing with old country folklore and looking at the flaws in the human condition, seeming to ask whether it is humans themselves who are the most inhuman of all…Character: 4/5Albie is not th [...]

    3. Liz on said:

      I love the cover of this book. I really really do and it was one of the main reasons I chose to request this book on NetGalley (Thanks!)While I have to admit that it was what felt the longest 384 pages, the novel did deliver a certain charm. The writing is similar to 19th century classical books and that’s well done because the story is set in the 19th century. The descriptions of inns, village life and mannerisms covered the historical fiction aspect to a T.So, yes, the writing was well thoug [...]

    4. Karen Mace on said:

      I received a copy of this via the publishers and NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review.Worthy more of 3.5 stars than just 3.I was intrigued by the stunning cover and blurb when first seeing this book as I'd not read the authors previous work, The cold Season, but had heard many good things about it.This is the creepy story of Albie and his obsession with his cousin Lizzie, who he met only the once at the Great Exhibition of 1851, but she always remained on his mind, so when he learns [...]

    5. Josie Jaffrey (The Gin Book Club) on said:

      I have very mixed feelings about this book, and I can't get to the bottom of them without spoilers, so don't read on if you want to avoid them!I enjoyed the beginning of this novel, when I thought there was (eventually) going to be a supernatural element. The premise seemed intriguing: a city man, rational to his core, thrown into the countryside where people believe in fairies to such a degree that a man has burned his wife to death in order to force the fairies to return the 'real' her. He wou [...]

    6. Charles Prepolec on said:

      The mid-Victorian Gothic novel, Byronic Romanticism and the 'Female Gothic' appear to be alive and well in the carefully crafted pages of Alison Littlewood's THE HIDDEN PEOPLE. It's an elegantly crafted novel that plays wonderfully with 21st century psychological horror themes, while simultaneously conjuring up the literary spectres of both Arthur Machen and Emily Bronte, and then wrapping them within the superficial framework of The Wicker Man. It's one hell of a juggling act, yet Littlewood ne [...]

    7. Lulu // RoadsideReader on said:

      facebook // twitter // bloglovin // youtubeWith such a gorgeous cover and an intriguing synopsis, I was super excited to read The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood. Slow to build, the pacing was problematic enough that it knocked the rating down two stars to three. Other than the pacing, the characters and story itself were absolutely fantastic! An amazing mystery that messes with your mind and keeps you wondering what is happening from start to end.The characters were extremely interesting and [...]

    8. Angela Smith on said:

      When I ordered the ARC copy of this book it was the blurb that drew me in. A pretty young woman is burned to death on her hearth, her husband thinks she is a changeling. It was a much different experience from what I was expecting.Re-wind to a brief moment a few years earlier when the dead woman (Lizzie Higgs) meets her cousin (Albie Mirralls) at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and leaves an impression on him with her mild ways and beautiful voice. She left quite an impression on him in that one me [...]

    9. Kurt Douglass on said:

      I saw this book recommended in a "best horror novels of 2016" list, which is how I first learned about it. But it lacked the suspense and dread required for horror, and even the few truly macabre elements were more sad than scary. Frankly, this book is as bit of a mess: it’s a hodgepodge of various folklore, depictions of Victorian life in the country and the city, class commentary, interior dialogues, dream sequences, stock characters, and amateur detective work. I think Littlewood was trying [...]

    10. Laura Purcell on said:

      Compulsively readable with an authentic Victorian voice. Very much enjoyed this story of folklore and obsession.

    11. David Harris on said:

      I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of this book. I've come to look forward to a new ghost or horror story from Alison Littlewood as an Autumn treat, timed to come alongside the smell of bonfires, falling leaves and of course the darkening evenings. The Hidden People - while set at the height of Summer, indeed, in a place where it is always Summer - doesn't disappoint although it's a departure for Littlewood, being set in the past, the mid Victorian age.Albie Mirralls is the son of [...]

    12. Chocolategoddess on said:

      I received this book for free from NetGalley in return for an honest review and I forgot what section I found this in. My usual genre is fantasy, not mystery, which made reading this book a pretty great experience.Albert, a gentlemanly Victorian Londoner, heads to Yorkshire when he hears about his cousin being burned to death by her husband because he thought she was a changeling. At first Albert just wants to sort out his cousin's affairs, spurred on by a sense of guilt that he ignored her whil [...]

    13. Tina on said:

      Very atmospheric and suspenseful in a slowpaced way. I was totally expecting a mindboggling plot-twist somewhere along the way, but it kind ended up with a little fizz instead of an explosion. It's actually more fitting to the slowpaced style of the book. There's also this interesting ambiguity to the story because it's told in first person view by Albie and most of the time as a reader I get the feeling that I can't completely trust his narrative. (Or you can completely trust him and then it wo [...]

    14. Matthew on said:

      I received a copy of ‘The Hidden People’ from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This was the first book by Alison Littlewood I’ve ever read, I knew nothing of her previous works and unfortunately after reading ‘The Hidden People’ I don’t have too great an interest in reading them, I’m not saying that I won’t but it is very unlikely.I’ve seen ‘The Hidden People’ compared to Susan Hill’s ‘The Woman in Black’, a book I love however for me this lacked any tension [...]

    15. Antonio on said:

      A well written story meticulously researched with a hint of wuthering heights. A strange tale based on a murder by superstitious villagers in a remote village in Yorkshire, who believe in the fair folk and are convinced that their children are taken and replaced with changelings. Set in 1851 at the opening of the Crystal palace with excellent writing and portrayal of simple country life with regional accents and old English words and sayings that had me looking them up in a dictionary for their [...]

    16. Bibliotropic on said:

      (Full review here: bibliotropic/2016/11/03/t)Overall, I really enjoyed the journey into the past that came with The Hidden People. The story was compelling, the characters interesting and complex, and it was an evocative novel that’s going to have a solid place of my bookshelves from now on. Definitely recommended for those who are looking for something beyond typical urban fantasy fare, for those who enjoy historical fiction, and also, for those like me who have a soft spot for genre-breaking [...]

    17. Miriam Joy on said:

      This is quite a strange book. It took me a long time to get into it, largely because it's told in a very old fashioned style that didn't entirely click with me. (I mean, there's a reason I'm not a big fan of most 'Classics'.) However, I stuck with it, and by about halfway through the book I was invested enough in the story to overlook the elements of the style that I wasn't so sure about. If I hadn't been reading it for review, I don't know as I'd have stuck with it so long, but I'm not a big on [...]

    18. Brandie Lea Slicer on said:

      This was quite an interesting book! I've always had a bit of an interest in fairy/ folk tales & Victorian times & this one delivered quite well. Hidden folk translated from Greek "Keltoi", with "Kel" meaning hidden - so they were the original "Hidden People" (p. 1906). This story is also loosely (and sadly based), on the case of Bridget Cleary, Irishwoman who was burned as a "changeling" in 1895. The story begins with young Albie meeting his county cousin Lizzie in 1851 to tour London's [...]

    19. S.P. Moss on said:

      'The Hidden People' is a wonderful, intricate and absorbing novel. It's a book I felt completely immersed in, and didn't want to climb out!The novel is a huge accomplishment on many levels. It feels completely authentic, both in the speech patterns of the middle-class Victorian characters, as well as those from rural Yorkshire. On top, and maybe more importantly, the thought processes of the narrator, Albie, seem completely credible as those of a youngish, slightly pompous Victorian rationalist. [...]

    20. GBL on said:

      I was looking forward to reading this novel with its advertised elements of horror and mystery - the idea of a hidden folk living under the hill in a fairy realm and having a relationship with the everyday world is an enduring folk tale. However I found the story disappointing and lacking the element of the supernatural which should have been at the heart of the story. It is not clear at the end what the reader has been experiencing - is there a hidden world beyond our own or is everything in th [...]

    21. Kim on said:

      The author's writing is beautiful and prosaic, fitting the time period perfectly. The unreliable narrator point of view allows plenty of suspense and questioning by the reader. The first person point of view means that we don't as learn much about other characters as we might have done from a different viewpoint, but stylistically, it fits the story. I would like to have learned more about Helene and Lizzie, rather than just as the shrewish wife and near-perfect cousin. My only real issue with i [...]

    22. Anna Kosovac on said:

      Albie Mirralls travels to the village Halfoak after finding out about the peculiar death of his cousin, Lizzie Higgs. He finds the town steeped in superstition, the townsfolk believing Lizzie to have been a changeling. Albie explores Lizzie's death further, descending into obsessiveness over the murder, and uncovers a bitter secret hanging over the town. Set in the mid 19th century, this book harks back to the old gothic novels of the time. It is all consuming, and consistently tense throughout. [...]

    23. Kristi Lamont on said:

      Nowt rang true, be it the magic or the madness. And what a pity, that. Shoulda been right up my proverbial alley with the always appealing combo of very accurate historical fiction and the fae. (Note FTR: This is my second "from the stacks" book this year, one read simply on a whim because I found it at the library or had it handed to me by someone who thought I would enjoy it, no pre-selecting based on reviews.)

    24. Reed on said:

      I love the atmosphere Littlewood creates in this book and I'm a big fan of unreliable narrators. This book earned a 4 from me for delivering on those aspects. Even though I savor the language and detail of 19th century fiction (which this emulates), I felt the pacing of this story was a bit too slow, and I wanted more from the ending (thus the 3). Still, a good read.

    25. Christina on said:

      I slogged through this one. It was good--very Jennifer McMahon meets a gothic horror/suspense novel, a la The Turn of the Screw. The language is very dense, though, and the local accent the author uses for half the characters takes awhile to read through and sometimes decipher. If you don't mind putting in a bit of work for a good story, it's worth it.

    26. Sarah Gaff on said:

      I am so impressed! It has been a very long time since I have read a book this well-written. Outstanding use of language and the plot had me on the edge of my seat until the very last page. I couldn't get enough. This is one of my new favorite authors. I can't find even one part of it that needed fixed. MUST-READ!

    27. Yoshay Lama Lindblom on said:

      Read it a while ago and I just loved it. I have always been into novels that invest in atmospheric details and I received plenty of it here. Changeling is a subject that I had only heard about vaguely and it was extremely fascinating to read a whole book about these Hidden People. Very satisfied with this read and I look forward to more works by the author

    28. Sarah on said:

      Gothic fiction is my thing. I love how slow they are. I love how they always have a "is it a ghost/isn't it a ghost" vibe. It \certainly has replayed tropes, but that's why I read them over and over again to get to revist similar characters in different situations.This isn't worth everyone's time, not unless you love gothic fiction without reservation.

    29. KamikazeKate on said:

      I have not struggled this much to finish a book in a long time. Such an interesting and creepy premise completely destroyed by terrible characters and incomprehensible dialogue. The bits written in Yorkshire dialect were indecipherable - I legit didn’t understand maybe 85% of what was said. It was also just really boring.

    30. Emily Fields on said:

      I could not finish this book, and I NEVER say that. Halfway through the story and it had taken me a WEEK to read 175 pages. A WEEK, and I almost cried when I realized I wasn't finished with this book yet. The story never seemed to start, and while the writing is beautiful, that doesn't take away from the fact that I kept waiting for something, ANYTHING to happen.

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