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The Moving Finger   By: (1861-1942)

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The Moving Finger by Mary Gaunt is a captivating and suspenseful novel that explores the complexities of love, loss, and the power of secrets. Set in the picturesque town of Lysford, the story follows the protagonist, Lucy Blair, as she navigates the aftermath of a shocking discovery.

Right from the beginning, Gaunt masterfully crafts an atmosphere of mystery and intrigue. The opening scenes depicting Lucy's arrival in Lysford immediately establish a sense of foreboding, with an old man warning her of the town's dark secrets. As the plot unfolds, the author expertly weaves together a web of deception, slowly unraveling the truth behind the peculiar incidents happening in Lysford.

One of the strongest aspects of The Moving Finger lies in its well-developed characters. Lucy is portrayed as a complex and relatable protagonist, haunted by her own inner demons. Her determination to uncover the truth and protect her loved ones drives the narrative forward, making her a compelling and admirable character. The supporting cast is equally well-drawn, each contributing to the story in their own unique way.

Gaunt's writing style is rich and descriptive, immersing readers into the world of Lysford. The attention to detail enhances the ambiance of the story, making it easy to visualize the quaint town and its inhabitants. The atmospheric descriptions create a sense of unease, heightening the suspense and keeping readers on the edge of their seats.

Furthermore, the author skillfully develops the theme of secrets throughout the novel. The Moving Finger delves into the destructive power of hidden truths and the consequences they can have on individuals and whole communities. Gaunt highlights the importance of honesty and communication, warning against the dangers of suppressing one's past.

While The Moving Finger is undoubtedly an engaging read, it is not without its minor flaws. Some readers may find the pacing a bit slow at times, as certain sections focus more on character development than advancing the plot. However, this allows for a deep exploration of the characters' emotions and motivations. Additionally, the resolution of certain storylines may feel slightly rushed, leaving a few loose ends.

In conclusion, The Moving Finger is a compelling and thought-provoking novel that will keep readers captivated until the final page. Gaunt's masterful storytelling, well-developed characters, and atmospheric descriptions make for an enthralling reading experience. Despite its occasional pacing issues and loose ends, this book serves as a testament to the power of secrets and their impact on the human psyche. Fans of mystery and suspense will surely appreciate Mary Gaunt's remarkable work.

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"The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on; nor all your piety and wit Shall lore it back to cancel half a line, Nor all your tears wash out a word of it."



A Trotting Christmas Eve at Warwingie Lost! The Loss of the "Vanity" Dick Stanesby's Hutkeeper The Yanyilla Steeplechase A Digger's Christmas


"Hi hey hold up there, mare, will you? What did you say, mister? A light? Yes. That 's Trotting Cob, that is. The missus 'll give us a cup of tea, but that's about all. Devil fly away with the mare. What is it? Something white in the road? Water by . Thank the Lord, they Ve had plenty of rain this year. But they do say there's a ghost hereabouts a Trotting Cob, with a man in white on him? Lord, no, that's an old woman's tale. But the girl she walks she walks they say, and mighty good reason too if all tales be true. Hosses always shy here if they Ve at all skittish. Got that letter, Jack, and the tobacco? That's right! Rum, isn't it, to get all your news of the world at dead of night? Reg'ler as clockwork we pass a little after one, and the coach from Deniliquin she passes an hour or so earlier.

"Anybody else? Well, no, not as a rule... Continue reading book >>

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