- Title: The White Devil
- Author: Justin Evans
- ISBN: 9780061728273
- Page: 168
- Format: Hardcover
Evans is so good at nail biting narrative WashingtonPost A crackling literary mystery Harrow itself contains Shirley Jackson levelsof gloomy passages and dark secrets Smart, scary, sexy, and gorgeously writtento boot Booklist starredreview Joe Hill s Horns meets Donna Tartt sThe Secret History in this bold new thriller from Justin Evans, authorof the cri Evans is so good at nail biting narrative WashingtonPost A crackling literary mystery Harrow itself contains Shirley Jackson levelsof gloomy passages and dark secrets Smart, scary, sexy, and gorgeously writtento boot Booklist starredreview Joe Hill s Horns meets Donna Tartt sThe Secret History in this bold new thriller from Justin Evans, authorof the critically acclaimed A Good and Happy Child Whenseventeen year old Andrew Taylor is transplanted from his American high schoolto a British boarding school a high profile academy for the sons of England sfinest his father hopes that the boy s dark past will not follow him fromacross the Atlantic But blood, suspense, and intrigue quickly surround Andrewonce again as he finds himself struggling with a deadly mystery left unsolvedby a student from Harrow School s past the enigmatic poet Lord Byron.
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shrug, i have tried to write this review a couple of times now, but this book kinda rolled right offa me like a drunken mistake. once i dispensed with being outraged by inaccuracies (and they were totally minor, but when we're talking byron, i'm paying attention, and when you only list one byron bio in your references, i'm gonna squinty-eye you) let's get one thing straight. byron was never rich. it is misleading to characterize him as a bad boy of privilege - some tucker max prototype. i, too, [...]
This book has everything: ghosts, an all-boys school, a troubled American teenager, a seductively tempting upper-class English school girl, Lord Byron, and last but certainly not least, tuberculosis. While understanding the plot of this book took some imagination, I did ultimately enjoy the story. Unfortunately it did drag on a bit, which is why it took me a while to finish The White Devil and why I'm giving it three stars. The thing about this book that I really enjoyed was the historical ficti [...]
Methinks my brain has been sanitized by YA, because whenever a penis pops up in an adult books, I’m all WHAT IS THIS?! Boys have more than just kissy-lips? Oh hell naw. Clearly, my brain is awesome. ANYWAYS, I recently read The White Devil by Justin Evans and am a bit unsure of what I think about it. Obviously, I enjoyed it. However, certain elements were hard for me to get used to, like penis in various states of erection. (how many times can I use the word penis in this review?) Also, comple [...]
Sometimes I really want the "half-star" option - this deserves a 4.5. Why? Because when a book makes you want to learn more about the source material, that's a good book.Set at Harrow in the modern day, Andrew is a fish-out-of-water American sent for a "gap year" (aka "an opportunity to clean up your record") by his father. While trying to figure out the social hierarchy and Harrovian slang, he witnesses what he thinks is a murder - except the doctors say it's natural causes and the murderer sim [...]
Chuck the flying brooms and magic wands from that other spooky English school, mix in a dose of teen love affair from Scott Spencer's Endless Love and piss off the jealous stalker ghost of Lord Byron (former Harrow student) and you get genius, The White Devil! A beautifully crafted multi-level plot that flows simultaneously like subterranean rivers beneath the modern world. A past play, a present play and a future play reveals lost pieces of history and if the puzzle remains unsolved, people wil [...]
A stunning novel-parts mystery, coming-of-age adolescence, history, English literature, Romantic poets (Lord Byron), ghost story, haunting, English public school subculture, character-in-depth, plotting, budding romance-or not; this novel has everything and more, including a superb writing style that catches and enraptures the reader, making us want to go read everything this author writes. Justin Evans encapsulates the British public school (what we in America would term private schools) equall [...]
In 2008 Justin Evans published "A Good and Happy Child," a debut novel that was not only one of my favorites when I read it a year later, but it included a passage that I loved so much that it remains stuck in a way that classic poetry is supposed to lodge itself. (Well, the gist of it is there. I don't know this verbatim). In describing how the demon child and his family live:"It was a house halfway between this and that, between upper-middle-class luxuries and absentminded squalor."For this se [...]
Andrew Taylor is sent away to Harrow, a prestigious boarding school in England, after getting into some trouble back home in Connecticut. There, he is haunted by a homosexual ghost because he bears a striking resemblance to the ghost’s former lover, Lord Byron…That ended the thrilling aspect of The White Devil for me. Maybe it’s just my particular shade of humor, but I couldn’t resist picturing Richard Simmons’ spandex-clad ghost saying, “Honey, if I can’t have you, nobody can have [...]
Really loved this one: part ghost story, part mystery, part meditation on obsessive love. I can't wait to read this author's first book now.
This review first appeared on my blog: knittingandsundries/20Andrew Taylor, given one last chance to shape up after being kicked out of yet another boarding school in America, is sent to Harrow School in England. He lives in "The Lot", the same building that Byron lived in when he attended the same school. He must learn to adjust to a different dialect, less tolerance for suspected homosexuals, and a different type of social class distinction than that of America, all while trying to shake the " [...]
If you're like me, the first thing that you think when you hear the title is, "Does this involve demons?" The answer to that question is, "Only personal ones." Or rather, that The White Devil is the name of a play by John Webster and it is relevant--and mentioned--in the book. Also, the one who references it is a sort of personal demon--of Lord Byron's named John Harness who happens to be haunting our main character Andrew Taylor (who looks rather a lot like Lord Byron).Andrew Taylor is an Ameri [...]
Lord Byron fans will especially enjoy Justin Evans' second outing as he tackles the tale of a Byron "friend" that is haunting their old prep school, Harrow, back in Jolly Olde. We get there via the American ne'er-do-well, Andrew Taylor, whose father has shipped him for shaping up. Andrew has a rough first day, though. Bullied? No. Lost? Nope again. Witnessing murders? Of course! Every new student's bane. So right out of the gate, the first kid to befriend him becomes a goner.Meantime, improbably [...]
The ghost mystery plot is well done. Who is the ghost? What does he want? Why is he being drawn to Andrew most of all? Why are people getting ill and dying? The reader finds out these things at the same time as Andrew, so we feel drawn into the story and relate to the characters. I also loved finding out more about Lord Bryon too. I really enjoyed it right up until Persephone Vine appeared. I thought to myself, are you really going to go there? Really, Mr. Evans? To the most clichéd love intere [...]
This book gets compared a lot to Donna Tartt's The Secret History, however this book came to my attention because of my high rating for Buehlman's excellent Those Across the River, and honestly despite the superficial trappings, I think The White Devil has more in common with the latter book rather than the former. I really enjoyed this book. Do I think it's a literary gem? No. Despite the historical subtext, I don't really think The White Devil lives up to its literary aspirations in the way th [...]
My 15 year old daughter received this as a gift (not from me) and she read it before I did. She kept warning me that I might be shocked by some of the language and content. I told her that I'm not easily shocked. However after reading it I was slightly suprised that it had been given to her. Although the school setting makes it potentially interesting to teenagers, I think it is probably more appropriate for older teenagers (17 -18 plus) - some of the sexual content may make it a bit confronting [...]
I like slow and gothic. What I don't understand in the logic of this book are the following quibbles-1. A poet writing a play about Bryon has only a small volume of select poetry? You can find paperback versions of the complete poems.2. An American boy who went to a very liberal school that celebrates coming out is surprised that people can be bi.3. The sheer fact that American girls are seen to be very easyand stupid. Not surprising when looking at the viewpoint, but when tied into the fact tha [...]
I had never really looked into the background of Lord Byron, but this book will got me up to speed rather quickly. Byron not only left behind a legacy as a poet, we find that he also left behind a ghost. Not his own ghost, but the ghost of his envious homosexual lover, John Harness. Harness spent 200 years or so as a quiet spirit in the basement of Harrow School, doing nothing much more than the sporadic rattling. But when American student Andrew Taylor shows up at the school, he decides that Ta [...]
I am always on the lookout for a good college/boarding school story. It's all Donna Tartt's fault that I'm usually disappointed - nothing is ever as good as The Secret History.I gave The White Devil a try, though - boarding school, murder, the ghost of Lord Byron, various kinds of evildoing - works for me. Except it only sort of worked for me. The beginning was good, then it became sort of okay, and then it pretty much just fell apart.Mr. Evans is a good writer, but this story just didn't connec [...]
Okay let me start at the begining: This book was.Out of this World! Everything about it was amazing even the cover god i loovvee that cover. I also love the main character- Andrew Taylor. Anyway I found this book at my local library and that*sighs*beautiful cover caught my eye,so i read what it was about and since then i fell in love with this book. It is now my number one favorite book. But the ending made me curiouswhat will happen next? I hope there will be more to this story.if there is i wi [...]
I simply couldn't get into this book, not care (as much as I wanted to do so). I gave it to the first 100 pages, at that point, it was tedious to even attempt to read so I gave it up. I rarely quit reading a book, usually I persevere, but time is short and there are far too many books out there which grab my attention and don't let go that I have yet to discover I might try again at another time; maybe it was just me and I wasn't connecting with the characters/setting/storyline/writing.
In The White Devil, Justin Evans weaves together coming-of-age themes, literary history, and a deeply disturbing ghost story with a deft hand and beautifully crafted prose. The novel falls into a niche genre which bridges the gap between gothic horror and the modern world through the lens of literature and poetic history, and The White Devil navigates between the two with delightful aplomb. (See The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper or A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay for other exquisite exampl [...]
What an interesting book. An American teen is sent to go to an all-boy private school in England and he ends up in the center of a ghost story and entangled in the world of Lord Byron. There were slow parts, and I can't say it was a page turner. But the pacing picks up as you go through the book right into a whirlwind of an ending. So it's a ghost story, a mystery, a bit historical, seen through the eyes of a troubled teenager who finds himself isolated in a strange country. This is one of those [...]
Raised the hair on my head, neck and arms more than once. Not scary so much as chilling, disturbing in its time-warping creepiness. Excellent read for this time of year.
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: A troubled youth meets another with a vengeful quest in this paranormal thriller.Opening Sentence: Andrew Taylor stood alone before a gate.The Review:I have never read anything by Justin Evans, but when I was given The White Devil, I was definitely intrigued. This genre is outside of my reading comfort zone, but didn’t stop me from admiring the graphically haunting cover. The White Devil was the cause of eerie goosebumps and restless night [...]
Starting a new school is never easy but when the school is across the ocean, is exclusive, and has a 400-year-old history, the rituals and adjustments a new student faces is even more daunting. This is what faces Andrew Taylor as he prepares to cross the threshold of his new private school, The Harrow School. Sent there by his father as a last-ditch effort to improve his grades and standing among elite college boards, Andrew knows that he cannot screw up again or else the consequences will be di [...]
The White Devil by Justin Evans3.5★'sFrom The Book:Set in a four-hundred-year-old boys' boarding school in London, a chilling gothic thrillerA fierce and jealous ghost . . .A young man's fight for his life . . .The Harrow School is home to privileged adolescents known as much for their distinctive dress and traditions as for their arrogance and schoolboy cruelty. Seventeen-year-old American Andrew Taylor is enrolled in the esteemed British institution by his father, who hopes that the school's [...]
I started reading The White Devil on the boat from Nantucket to Hyannis on New Years day. I didn't know much about it except that is set in a modern-day exclusive British boarding school, which automatically attracted me because I went to a boarding school in MA, and also a year in university at Royal Halloway, University of London, where my dorm was a Victorian castle (and the town was not too dissimilar from the White Devil's setting, as it turns out). I was so enthralled, I ended up staying u [...]
From :"When seventeen-year-old Andrew Taylor is transplanted from his American high school to a British boarding school—a high-profile academy for the sons of England’s finest—his father hopes that the boy’s dark past will not follow him from across the Atlantic. But blood, suspense, and intrigue quickly surround Andrew once again as he finds himself struggling with a deadly mystery left unsolved by a student from Harrow School’s past—the enigmatic poet Lord Byron."My Thoughts:Sounds [...]
The Good Stuff * Author really knows how to create mood -- it felt eerie and spooky - almost gothic like * Wonderfully moody ghost story, which there should have been much more of over the constant mentions of the scholarly politics * Love the scene between Dr Khan and Andrew in the library * lots of twists and turns * Sensitive portrayal of homosexuality * Interesting charactersThe Not so Good Stuff * The beginning is very slow and a tad confusing at times, but really picks up by Chapter 9 - bu [...]
I first realized what a true master of the quiet macabre Mr. Justin Evans was when I read his novel A GOOD AND HAPPY CHILD. Not knowing what to expect from this first time author I was more than pleasantly surprised by his ability to weave a story so simple in it's narrative but what lay underneath the surface was evil personifiedI received an arc (advanced readers copy) of THE WHITE DEVIL from Mr. Evan's publisher and it lay quietly on my nightstand till I had a few hours to dedicate to what I [...]
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