The black book of secrets book

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The Black Book of Secrets by F.E. Higgins

When Ludlow Fitchs parents cruelly betray him, he steals away on the back of a carriage and leaves behind the stinking City. He arrives in the dead of night at a remote village, where he crosses paths with the tall and limping figure of Joe Zabbidou - a pawnbroker with a difference. For Joe trades secrets, not goods, for cash.

Employed as Joes assistant, Ludlow records the villagers fiendish confessions in an ancient leather-bound volume: The Black Book of Secrets. Theres the gravedigger who has been resurrecting bodies; the butcher who made a mouse-meat pie for his bullying father, with fatal consequences; the wizened bookseller who went to murderous lengths to get her hands on a priceless tome.

Ludlow longs to trust his mysterious master, but he senses Joe has much to hide. But then Ludlow Fitch has his own, very dark, secrets . . .
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A young boy, named Ludlow Fitch, is sick of pickpocketing for his poor parents' want of gin. At the start of the book, he is hit unconscious by them and is sent to Barton Gumbroot, the dentist who plans to buy Ludlow's teeth. Ludlow fights them off and runs away from them and their addiction to alcohol. He hitches a ride in a carriage that leads him into a place called Pagus Parvus. There, he meets a mysterious man called Joe Zabbidou, who is also a newcomer in Pagus Parvus.

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When Ludlow Fitch's parents cruelly betray him, he steals away on the back of a carriage and leaves behind the stinking City. He arrives in the dead of night at a remote village, where he crosses paths with the tall and limping figure of Joe Zabbidou - a pawnbroker with a difference. For Joe trades secrets, not goods, for cash. Employed as Joe's assistant, Ludlow records the villagers' fiendish confessions in an ancient leather-bound volume: "The Black Book of Secrets". There's the gravedigger who has been resurrecting bodies; the butcher who made a mouse-meat pie for his bullying father, with fatal consequences; the wizened bookseller who went to murderous lengths to get her hands on a priceless tome. Ludlow longs to trust his mysterious master, but he senses Joe has much to hide. But then Ludlow Fitch has his own, very dark, secrets

Fiona Higgins's novel - her first - very elegantly presents itself as a horror yarn. My wife read the first couple of pages before I did, and shuddered so satisfactorily that the marmalade fell off her toast. But then she has a bit of a thing about teeth and pliers. In fact, The Black Book of Secrets turns out to be a deliciously rich mix of Gothic nastiness, religious allegory and black humour. In an unspecified historical past, the mysterious Joe Zabbidou appears in the bleak village of Pagus Parvus. All its inhabitants, from butcher to bookseller, are insomniacs, tormented by hideous secrets. Joe sets up shop as a pawnbroker, but the service he offers is not quite the traditional one.

When the snoring and odious Mr. Ratchet is delivered to his opulent house in the mountain village of Pagus Parvus, Ludlow nicks the man's purse, scarf and gloves. Because the boy can read and write, Joe takes him in and offers him a job. Joe calls himself the Secret Pawnbroker, and makes it known in the village that he will pay people money to relieve them from the terrible secrets that haunt their dreams. Ludlow's job will be to write down their tearful and guilty confessions of transgressions from grave robbing to murder, in Joe's big black book. Who is this enigmatic man who pays good money for secrets and asks for nothing in return? This Dickensian chiller, not at all suitable as a bedtime read, explores the line between good and evil.

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