I devoured Constance by Patrick McGrath yesterday. I unabashedly think he is one of the masters of gothic writing now. (I bought at R.J. Julia in Madison CT while on tour- what a great bookstore!)
Constance is a gothic tale of a marriage that had me obsessed all day, yesterday. Thank goodness it was raining and a weekend.
Compelling, psychologically haunting, dark, lurid... Here is a NYT review that poses some problems but ultimately gives it a rave that I agree with.
"Loss, trauma and a drastic, fatal desire for control are what this novel is really about. And, as the whole performance slowly won me over, many of McGrath’s glorious phrases made me catch my breath. A “sort of muted sexual uproar” was one of them. I can’t put it in context without spoiling things for the reader. But I can’t resist quoting it either, because it perfectly sums up the dark, ecstatic flavor of this unforgettable book." NYT Book Review
Buy links are here. If you are a fan of gothics - I think you'll love it!