Vertigo by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Vertigo, Lauren Baratz-Logsted, 2006


My favorite quote: “John always said writing was a way to cheat the rules of the living. ‘Without it,’ he would say, ‘I would only get to live one life.’”

Notable characters: Emma Smith, a Victorian wife; John, her husband the novelist; Chance Wood, a man serving a sentence for the murder of his wife

Most memorable scene: When Chance is pardoned and freed from prison — I was as nervous as a manwhore in church that he’d come and murder Emma! Instead, they did … other stuff. I can’t say any more than that, but trust me — good stuff

Greatest strengths: In Vertigo, Lauren Baratz-Logsted absolutely nails the setting, giving the book the perfect atmosphere of intrigue and spookiness. I can’t get enough of this stuff

Standout achievements: Its bodice ripper sensibilities. I’m a sucker for slightly over-the-top sexual spectacles (just ask my neighbors!) and Vertigo strikes a perfect balance between the erotic and the intriguing (too much erotica and I just kind of glaze over and start sinking into the couch — I mean, we get it, you’re all sexy and randy and stuff, but come on … I need a little more story, you know?)

Fun facts: Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s novel, The Thin Pink Line, was the first book from a Harlequin imprint to receive a starred Kirkus review. That’s a pretty big achievement!

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: I think any reader will come away from  Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s Vertigo with a clearer idea of the social and sexual repression that women bore during the Victorian era. I seriously don’t even know how anyone survived it without losing their minds — but then, they did prop up their dead loved ones for pictures so maybe they were a little mad after all … 

How it inspired me: I’ll say this: Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s Vertigo managed to make me feel like a sexually dissatisfied Victorian housewife — which is pretty remarkable. Seriously. I almost began an erotic correspondence with a prison inmate like Emma did, but came to my senses when I began reading a different book: The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice. Now I’m not sure how I feel about sex at all. And I definitely don’t want to bring any mysterious prison inmates into the fold

Additional thoughts: I really should check out more of  Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s work. Given how much I enjoyed Vertigo, I don’t know why I haven’t yet, but I fully intend to amend that

Hit or miss: Hit

Haunt me:

Read Vertigo

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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