Dark Angel: A Novel

Dark Angel: A Novel

Sally Beauman / Jun 16, 2019

Dark Angel A Novel Halley s Comet night at Winterscombe in ends with a violent death which throws a giant shadow over three generations of the Cavendish dynasty At the centre of events is the beautiful and dangerou

  • Title: Dark Angel: A Novel
  • Author: Sally Beauman
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  • Page: 390
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  • Halley s Comet night at Winterscombe in 1910 ends with a violent death which throws a giant shadow over three generations of the Cavendish dynasty At the centre of events is the beautiful and dangerous Constance, who casts a spell which may be a curse on all the sons of the family Following the destruction of two World Wars and the passions, deceits and hatreds ofHalley s Comet night at Winterscombe in 1910 ends with a violent death which throws a giant shadow over three generations of the Cavendish dynasty At the centre of events is the beautiful and dangerous Constance, who casts a spell which may be a curse on all the sons of the family Following the destruction of two World Wars and the passions, deceits and hatreds of the intervening peace it is the coruscating power of Constance s personality, and the sinister secret at the heart of her life, which will determine if Victoria, last of the Cavendishes, is to inherit happiness or misery.

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      • Sally Beauman

        aka Vanessa JamesSally Kinsey Miles graduated from Girton College, Cambridge MA in English Literature She married Christopher Beauman an economist After graduating, she moved with her husband to the USA, where she lived for three years, first in Washington DC, then New York, and travelled extensively She began her career as a journalist in America, joining the staff of the newly launched New York magazine, of which she became associate editor, and continued to write for it after her return to England Interviewed Alan Howard for the Telegraph Magazine in 1970 in an article called A Fellow of Most Excellent Fancy Daily Telegraph Supplement, May 29th Apparently a very long interview The following year they met again, and the rest is history After a long partnership Sally and Alan married in 2004 She has one son, James, and one grandchild.Sally had a distinguished career as a journalist and critic, winning the Catherine Pakenham Award for her writing, and becoming the youngest ever editor of Queen magazine now Harper s Queen She has contributed to many leading newspapers and magazines in both the UK and the USA, including the Daily Telegraph from 1970 73 and 1976 8 she was Arts Editor of the Sunday Telegraph Magazine , the Sunday Times, Observer, Vogue, the New York Times and the New Yorker She also wrote nine Mills Boon romances under the pseudonym Vanessa James, before publishing her block buster novel Destiny in 1987 under her real name It was her article about Daphne du Maurier, commissioned by Tina Brown, and published in The New Yorker in November 1993, which first gave her the idea for writing Rebecca de Winter s version of events at Manderley an idea that subsequently became the novel, Rebecca s Tale In 2000 she was one of the Whitbread Prize judges for the best novel category.


    1. I loved this book - its one of the few I will never give away and read every ten years or so to get my fix of delicious thrilling dark family sagas enjoyed best with a bottle of red and some nibbles over a long rainy weekend. It's the kind of book that makes you wish for rain.

    2. 4.5 stars.I have never given a book five stars, but I was so tempted to give five stars to this one.It was absolutely mystifying. I was awestruck by her writing, the country house/shire, the landscapes and the immense depth of each character that she portrayed.This book would be possible only when you look at it with a psychological depth.I loved all characters - so stark, so stunning, all shone bright with their own specific traits. I absolutely love Acland, Jane, Wexton, Boy, Gwen and even Con [...]

    3. A haunting, compelling story of a wealthy, English family set in a time and class that is forever lost. This really is the tale of a ten year old girl whose life is forever and completely changed, one starlit evening and the impact of that change on those around her. I warn you that it is at times so very, very dark and disturbing that it can prove difficult to read and impossible to consider! Despite this, it is the very raw and Gothic nature of this essential, naked truth that pulls you forwar [...]

    4. Wow.I could leave this review at that and you'd know all you needed too. To try and re-tell the tale would lessen it's impact to a new reader; to simply describe it as a multi-generational family saga full of dark and destructive secrets and lies would do it an injustice. This isn't a wild romp; it's a complex, uncomfortable, compelling journey.Told in a series of flashbacks, the story mainly takes place between 1910 and 1930. A richly flawed supporting cast and an old sprawling country estate s [...]

    5. This book is difficult to quantify. Constance is the primary character of DARK ANGEL -- yet the narrator, Victoria, is relating her family history to the reader, & that includes Constance's diaries, which Victoria summarizes as necessary. Gaps are filled in by conversations with others, but the reader isn't made aware of when they begin or end, & Victoria herself injects dryly judgmental comments like Charles Dickens, sometimes switching tenses when she speculates on different periods of [...]

    6. I love Agatha Christie mysteries. After mastering the adventurous Hardy Boys and the magical Holmes, I fell in love as a child with the cool, considering Poirot and the keen, canny Miss Marple. As an adult, I love Christie’s mysteries not only for their entertainment but for how she writes about class and English society. Her novels are little slices of a time that no longer (if ever it did) exist, one populated by quaint country houses that host massive parties culminating, alas, in murder.I [...]

    7. It has been a long time since I had read a book that completely took me in so that it was difficult to stop reading and return to the "real" world. This was such a book. I loved every minute of it and was sorry when it was over. Set largely in an English country estate with a time period of World War I to the present, it has rich characters, plot twists and good writing. Recommended for everyone who likes a good story.

    8. I have read this book several times and I love it every time. I takes you on a journey through time spanning decades, and the author writes in such a way that you can see everything as if watching a movie. It is an indepth look into the lives of a wealthy family, you get to see the good, the bad and the deep dark secrets. It's a breathtaking and surprising look at the things you usually don't get a chance to see unless you're part of the family.

    9. Review originally published on Rebel AngelOkay, so here’s a book that has 5 stars and 100% deserves them – this has got to be the best book I’ve read recently. It wasn’t technically part of our book club, but Charley recommended it and now I’m forcing it on the rest of book club, it was that good. Unfortunately, it’s not terribly easy to describe! The plot is loosely based around a death at Winterscombe, a sprawling estate on the night of Halley’s comet passing in 1910, but doesn [...]

    10. Dark Angel is a compelling and fascinating novel. It is a family saga, but not only, it is also a coming-of-age story, if this term is apt since we are talking about a woman well in her thirties. It's the story of Constance, a charming and disturbing person, the story of an era giving way to modernity, and a novel on war. By means of a "story-within-the-story" structure and organized on three different temporal levels, Dark Angel is also a crime and a love story. Its only flaw is a certain slown [...]

    11. Don't let the title fool you. This novel is not some trashy romance. I found this book at a thrift store. The dustcover was very dated; mine, in particular, was red with a coiled snake on the front and spine. It looked and sounded likewellke a mawkish romance. Despite the cover and title, I decided to read the excerpt and was pretty hooked. One of my most recent complaints about Downton Abbey was the poor execution of several of its characters and the whodunit scenario involving Anne's rapist. T [...]

    12. I ultimately liked this book and I am glad I read it but it is very uneven. This is the type of book I usually eat up: a family saga about a crazy, wealthy dysfunctional family that spans the years 1910-1986 and includes murder, dark family secrets/scandals and dramatic historical events. This book is structurally ungainly: the time jumps are awkward and characters from the large ensemble cast seem to drift in and out of the story arbitrarily. Minor events are over described and pivotal characte [...]

    13. I have read a previous book, Rebecca's Tale by Sally Beauman, and really enjoyed it although I wasn't sure if this was just due to the fact that it was written as a sequel to Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca.This book was equally good, if not better. The plot was intriguing with multiple, sometimes complex characters, with the character of Constance at the centre. It is had to say much about Constance because she has different angles to her and these change throughout the story.The book is predominan [...]

    14. This book captured my attention right from the beginning and held me riveted throughout. It has everything, murder mystery, family drama, family secrets, gothic house, war, love affairs, and scandal.The characters in this story were so well written that each affected me in some way, whether it be pity, revulsion or intrigue.The book seamlessly jumps from the past to the present day, taking you on a journey through time.I loved this book, and I will definitely be looking for other books by this a [...]

    15. I was very disappointed with Dark Angel after reading reviews. But, that seems to happen more often than not with reviews for some reason. The book starts out interesting enough, interesting plot and multidimensional characters, but started falling flat too soon after it was fairly obvious who committed the murder early on. Then I just wanted it to hurry and be done with. Too much dialog, too much time passing, just got boring after a while.

    16. This is a REALLY good book! It is so twisted and complicated and addictive! Yall should definately give this one a try! Some parts are hard to read (you'll see when you do read it what Im talking about) but it is well worth it! The beginning chapters are a lil stagnant but once you are past them, its a rollar coaster and you better hold on! Good ole Constance.

    17. I could not put this book down and read it within 3 days! The story had me wondering what would happen next and had so many twists and turns in the plot that I could never have guessed how it would end.

    18. I loved this book and all it's characters. Sally Beaumans characterisation is detailed and her writing absorbing. The pace was maintained throughout and never lost my interest. This is definitely a book I will return to again.

    19. Intricate tale that spans two world wars. Has a plot contrivance that is overused and felt like a cop-out. Constance is a femme fatale worth of consideration however. Not much substance, but riveting until the disappointing end.

    20. 4.5 starsI tend to judge books by covers. I don't really apologize for that and think publishers need to think long and hard about the aesthetic they're showcasing. If you value your book, give it a presentation that matters. In looking at the various covers that have been plastered on Dark Angel, it's no wonder this novel is floundering in sub-1000 ratings territory. Not a single one of those covers would, by itself, make me look twice at Dark Angel.Yet here we are. Dark Angel, by the hitherto [...]

    21. This was a VERY unusual book. While it was quite long, it was also very well written - - a mystery that kept you reading long into the night until about 3/4ths of the way through. It was just about then that I unraveled the truth behind the story, which was the only thing that kept this from being 5 stars for me - - -just the tiniest touch too long. While I was very very glad that I purchased this book, and can tell you that I would read it again, "Dark Angel" will not be for everybody. The subj [...]

    22. I have become recently within the last 4 years someone is is constantly reading sometimes 2 books at a time one on kindle and a hardcover book that I have so many of that I have collected over the last 30 years of marriage. I'm also listening to an audio book in the car.I love to read today.I don't usually leave reviews on books but this one was really good in my opinion.I liked all the characters, but did find that Victoria was a little boring. She could have been a little bit more excised abou [...]

    23. This book has been on my shelf since 1995. Never read it; not properly anyway. On a whim I picked it up and started reading. At first it was a bit "meh", but then it drew me in and for the last 500 pages or so I haven't been able to put it down! It's not one of my usual books to read, but it was a very good read nonetheless

    24. Enjoyed this book very much. I love reading about the time just before WWI, which for a select class of people, was a golden time and the end of an era. The mysteries were enticing. One coincidence was rather too extreme but it is a story after all.

    25. Really good, meaty family saga. Engrossing but a little frustrating at the same time - Constance retains her hold on the narrative and the narrator to the very end.

    26. Viele Jahre hat das Buch auf meinem SuB gelegen und wie so oft völlig zu Unrecht! Natürlich hat mich die Dicke des Buches abgeschreckt, und zu allem Überfluss sind es nicht nur viele Seiten, sondern diese auch noch eng und mit kleiner Schrift bedruckt. Und dennoch – es hat sich gelohnt!„Engel aus Stein“ ist eine grandiose Familiengeschichte, fast schon ein Epos, die die Geschichte der Familie Cavendish erzählt, die immer wieder gekreuzt wird von der eigentümlichen und skurrilen Consta [...]

    27. Where to start-- this is definitely one of the books I've enjoyed most this year. A truly epic novel, Dark Angel weaves together the story of a tragedy that happened one faithful evening that will touch the lives of all of those present. Told from varying perspectives (all of which are beautifully distinct and unique), the novel takes the reader back to 1910, where a wealthy family and their friends and joined to celebrate the historic passing of a comet. What happens next will reverberate for d [...]

    28. I really wanted to love this book, but it was hard. Here's the Pros and Cons:Pros:Characters are well thought out and developed. Realistic, lots of mystery.You want to keep reading to figure out what the heck is going on.It has the feel of a beautiful, slowly paced, slice of life book. You really get a feel for the time period.Cons:You keep reading this very long book because you want to find out the mystery of it all, and when you do find out, it's disappointing. Barely anything happens in the [...]

    29. I don't really trust books over about 550 pages which is rich coming from someone who's read so much Dickens and Stephen King, but I'd say that makes me something of an expert. So at 800 pages I was suspicious. But it's Sally Beauman so it can't be all bad right?Right. This is a story of murder, abuse, manipulation over generations. The story of an English country house with a big dollop of darkness, and maybe a bit too much graphic detail. It rambles on in places and the timeframe is ridiculo [...]

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