The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley

The Beloveds

An exploration of domestic derangement, as sinister as Daphne Du Maurier’s classic Rebecca, that plumbs the depths of sibling rivalry with wit and menace.Oh, to be a Beloved—one of those lucky people for whom nothing ever goes wrong. Everything falls into their laps without effort: happiness, beauty, good fortune, allure. Betty Stash is not a Beloved—but her little sister, the delightful Gloria, is. She’s the one with the golden curls and...

Details The Beloveds

TitleThe Beloveds
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
GenreFiction, Mystery

Reviews The Beloveds

  • Holly B
    Let me count the reasons I LOVED this novel…1. Gothic feel with a mansion that is an integral part of the story.2. Mounting tension as the pages turn.3. Creepy narrator who converses with the house.4. The witty, yet dark and disturbing humor.Told from the point of view of Elizabeth (Betty) Stash, who is not the golden, favorite child of her mother. The beloved child is her sister, Gloria, who basks in all her goodness. Betty believes that her s...
  • Carrie
    The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley is going into my oh my gosh what did I just read pile of books. When finished with this one I felt a bit like I needed to go wash my eyes or perhaps even my brain clean from reading this one and going so far into the mind of such a disturbed character.Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Stash is the narrator of The Beloveds and readers will quickly learn that Betty isn’t exactly a likable and cuddly narrator, You see Betty beg...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐ / 5My reviews and (maybe) some other random thoughts can also be seen at https://readingbetweenwinessite.wordp...____________________________________________________________Oof, I do not have many good things to say about The Beloveds so I am sorry in advance. If you are looking to see a good review of this book, you are not going to see it from me. I just want to throw out that I know writing a book is very hard work, and I could never wr...
  • Monnie
    There was a little girl who had a little curlRight in the middle of her forehead;When she was good, she was very, very good,And when she was bad she was horrid.-Mother Goose Nursery RhymeIt's hard to believe there's a more horrid girl than Elizabeth Stash (a.k.a. Betty). She's paranoid, narcisstic, psychopathic, sociopathic, and oh yes, a murderer.So what's not to love? Nothing, if you ask her. In her view, she's perfect - and perfectly willing t...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    I received this through NetGalley in exchange for my review. The narrator of this book is dark and twisted. Feeling denied her inheritance of the home she loves, she sets out to recover it. As she falls deeper into alcoholism and psychosis, her thoughts get darker. Good narrative and gothic feel. The end, however, seemed to veer off topic. This section would have been better earlier in the book, as it shows the protagonist’s character.
  • Betty
    Rating: 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars.Betty Stash loves nothing and no one more than she loves Pipets, her childhood home. Every inch of House (as she calls it) is precious to her—perhaps a bit too precious, as we learn in the beginning of the book that she has been recently diagnosed as an objectophile. As the oldest daughter, she expected to be the one to inherit Pipets. After the death of her mother, Betty learned Pipits was to be inherite...
  • Jennifer
    2.5/5 starsThe Beloveds is a psychological thriller. I love this genre. But honestly for much of this book I could not figure out what genre I was reading.The narrator is Elizabeth (also known as Lizzy and Betty) (1st person POV). The book is set in the UK.The book is about two sisters: Elizabeth and Gloria. Gloria has always been the "beloved" one. And Elizabeth is cunning and crazy. And she is obsessed with their childhood home.I usually enjoy ...
  • Kyra
    Betty has grown up in the shadow of her little sister Gloria. She decides at an early age that her sister is a "beloved"; one of those lucky people who has everything good come into their lives without effort. Gloria received the most of their mother's love and attention and then when Betty brings home a potential boyfriend named Henry, he falls under the spell of her youngest sister also.Betty's one comfort is the family home called Pipits, afte...
  • Irene
    Betty Stash has never much cared for anyone or anything other than her parents house, which she expected to inherit on her mother's death. She appears to have been in a state of quiet jealous rage ever since her beautiful and "beloved" sister was born. Much of the action in this story takes place in Betty's mind for at least the first half of the book, which made it a little slow and draggy in my opinion, until at last Betty seemed to make the sw...
  • Susan
    Oh I liked this book. It was a little odd and strange. And for once the narrator that seems unreliable was just out there and reliable ha ha. I felt bad for Betty at first but that didn’t last long. She’s a very troubled person to say the least.I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.
  • Emily
    I'm not even sure where to start with this book. It's very unique and odd, and I ended up really enjoying it. It's about two sisters, and their family home, and the sisters' relationship reminded me a lot of Blair & Serena from Gossip Girl. The main character (Betty) is definitely the Blair, and her sister (Gloria) is the Serena AKA a Beloved. This story has a lot of gothic elements, and there were some parts that reminded me of We Have Always Li...
  • Jessica
    Thanks to Gallery Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!This cover instantly drew me in. THE BELOVEDS by Maureen Lindley wasn't what I was expecting it to be and I was very happy that Emily (book.happy) told me that it wasn't a thriller. That's good to know going into this read - its more fiction with a dash of mystery to it.A Beloved is someone that is lucky enough in life to have nothing go wrong for them. Everything effo...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog:'The loathing I experienced at the sight of her pulsed in that part of me, somewhere middle chest, a dark liverish thing that’s still there after all these years.'Betty Stash knows she isn’t a beloved, no one is making her world spin with all things lovely and delightful nor breaking their backs to make her happy. She isn’t like her blessed, younger, golden sister Gloria that charms her way...
  • Jo
    If you love a twisted, dark protagonist, you will love this book. I was engaged from the beginning, but the ending left me less than satisfied. There was no resolution of tension so unless there is a sequel, I can't rate this any higher.
  • Melanie
    Fascinating character.
  • Charlotte
    This is a NetGalley book.I was captured by this book straight away, because this girl sounds like a nut case! The story is told in first person and the events are realistic enough they could have actually happened. I like that this book is so close to reality, although that is really creepy! I don't know if her diagnosis is real or dreamed up by this author, but Betty should have stayed in that asylum. Mental illness and jealousy push her to some...
  • Tara
    What a nasty little tale, in the best sense of the phrase! Elizabeth Stash has only ever cared for one thing in her life: her ancestral home, Pipits. But when her lovely and lovable sister Gloria -- one of the loathed "beloveds" -- inherits the mansion, Elizabeth enters a tailspin of malice, mayhem, and murder. It's an uncomfortable book to read. Elizabeth's poisonous nature (both figurative and literal) and unceasing contempt make her one of th...
  • Sarah Bowe
    The main character talks to the "House" as if it is an actual person. She was certainly deranged. She does a couple of totally deplorable things! It was kind of boring to me.
  • Tracy Shephard
    what a divine tale this is.Fabulously written with an amazing characters.If you love creepy then this is for you. Sibling rivalry has never looked so sinister and Betty and Gloria's relationship is simply devilish Gloria has everything that should have been Bettys. and when Betty decides she wants whats rightfully hers...she sets out to get It. I loved this book..
  • Vani
    The Beloveds has me stumped. I wanted to love it, I should have loved it (female psychopathic narrator? Come on). I loved some parts and really, really didn’t love others. So! I haven’t done a pro/con list in some time, here we go.Pros:The WritingI have to say I was drawn in by The Beloveds immediately. Sister stories of all kinds intrigue me, (is there a more complex relationship dynamic than that of one between sisters?) and the book opens ...
  • Bunny
    Received via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.This is one of the most disappointing books I've read in a really long time. That may seem like hyperbole, but I really mean it. It's not that the book is bad. It's that the book is so good, and the ending is so bad. The ending is so bad that proportionately, this is one of the most disappointing books I've read in a really long time. While reading, I tend to mentally take notes of...
  • Jess
    2.5/3 stars This book really has a gothic feel to it. I loved the imagery that was maintained of the house, the garden, and the surrounding areas. The description of this book sounded amazing with hints of a disturbing plot and family dynamic; however, I did feel like it felt a little flat and I had some issues with it overall. I originally started the book and lost interest around 25%; however, I decided to give it another try after several mont...
  • Becky Baldridge
    There's an expression that my grandmother used to say about people who thought a bit too much of themselves - 'I'd like to buy them for what they're worth and sell them for what they think they're worth.' That came to mind several times while reading The Beloveds. This story is told from the perspective of Betty Stash, one of the most unlikable characters I've come across in some time. Now, given that she's the antagonist of this tale, that's to ...
  • Sandie
    Maureen Lindley’s THE BELOVED’S ranks right up there with other psychological thrillers like Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL and Patricia Highsmith’s TALENTED MR. RIPLEY. Like the protagonists in both of those books, Lindley’s Elizabeth Stash’s is consumed with insidious machinations when it comes to her profound dislike for her younger sister Gloria as well as her obsession with Pipits, the family manse.From early childhood, Elizabeth/Bett...
  • Danielle Rose
    I received an ARC from NetGalley. The below is my honest, unbiased opinion. Thank you, Maureen Lindley, the publisher, and NetGalley, for allowing me to read an early copy.An exploration of domestic derangement, as sinister as Daphne Du Maurier’s classic Rebecca, that plumbs the depths of sibling rivalry with wit and menace.Oh, to be a Beloved—one of those lucky people for whom nothing ever goes wrong. Everything falls into their laps without...
  • Audra Watts
    https://audrasbookblabbing.wordpress....Expected Publication: April 3, 2018Cleanliness: 15+ curse words. Other topics to consider: extreme hate, rage, disrespect to family, jealousy, cancer, mental health, mention of sex, divorce, drugs, drinking, smoking, stealing, and murder.3 stars[Side note:] This book I received is an ARC (advanced reader’s copy), and I am so totally excited. For those of you that don’t know, an ARC book is a copy of an ...
  • ❀ Susan G
    2018-02-25 to Simon&Shuster for sharing this Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) through a Goodreads Giveaway. The Beloveds was another palate-cleansing, quick read before I get back to focusing on the Canada Reads short-list.Set in England, it tells the story of an older sibling with a lifetime of grudges against her “beloved” sister who she had perceived as her mother’s favourite. Everyone loved Gloria and thing...
  • Diane
    The Beloveds by author Maureen Lindley is more of a family drama with mystery. Elizabeth Stash, Betty seems to feel unloved due to her mothers' preference for her younger sister. Gloria. She has felt that way since they were children. Betty harbors thoughts of wanting her sister to die. Betty brought her boyfriend Henry home and Gloria steals his eye and they are later married. When Betty's mother dies, she leaves the home and gardens to Gloria a...
  • Karen Williams
    At times I’ve felt my sister has had all the breaks- that things always turn out for her when they don’t for me – BUT, wow – I have never been as crazed or bitter as the sister who feels this way in the novel, “The Beloveds” by Maureen Findlay.This is unlike books I usually read. I guess the right descriptor would be "gothic dark".Betty is not a “beloved” (her terminology for people who are bright and sunny and everything goes the...
  • Sara
    I honestly don't know how these books keep piling up on my doorstep.Liked:- Unreliable narrators make for fascinating stories. Because we only learn about other characters through Betty's eyes, it's hard to tell what's truly happening in the family dynamics.- Family dramas (in the domestic sphere) are one of my favorite subgenres of contemporary fiction (projecting much?!?). I guess when one's own family is dysfunction, you take some comfort in k...