Kate Mosse: ‘The Taxidermist’s Daughter’

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Connie Gifford is the Taxidermist’s Daughter of the title – a young woman with a significant gap in her memory because of a childhood accident. After an unusual evening in the churchyard, her memories slowly start coming back to her. Who was the young girl from her memories, and what does she have to do with the string of disappearances and deaths that occur as the days pass?

There are some lovely gothic elements to this novel and Mosse builds plenty of tension and atmosphere, alongside some delightfully gruesome moments. One thing I found difficult to deal with was the fact that the narrative gave very few clues as to where the plot was heading … perhaps at times the author created a little too much mystery! Overall though, an enjoyable gothic tale, well told.