The Address

The Address

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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Fiona Davis, author of The Dollhouse , returns with a compelling novel about the thin lines between love and loss, success and ruin, passion and madness, all hidden behind the walls of The Dakota--New York City's most famous residence.

After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she'd make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house The Dakota, leads to a job offer, her world is suddenly awash in possibility--no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America, where a person can rise above one's station. The opportunity to be the female manager of The Dakota, which promises to be the greatest apartment house in the world. And the opportunity to see more of Theo, who understands Sara like no one else...and is living in The Dakota with his wife and three young children.

In 1985, Bailey Camden is desperate for new opportunities. Fresh out of rehab, the former party girl and interior designer is homeless, jobless, and penniless. Two generations ago, Bailey's grandfather was the ward of famed architect Theodore Camden. But the absence of a genetic connection means Bailey won't see a dime of the Camden family's substantial estate. Instead, her "cousin" Melinda--Camden's biological great-granddaughter--will inherit almost everything. So when Melinda offers to let Bailey oversee the renovation of her lavish Dakota apartment, Bailey jumps at the chance, despite her dislike of Melinda's vision. The renovation will take away all the character and history of the apartment Theodore Camden himself lived in...and died in, after suffering multiple stab wounds by a madwoman named Sara Smythe, a former Dakota employee who had previously spent seven months in an insane asylum on Blackwell's Island.

One hundred years apart, Sara and Bailey are both tempted by and struggle against the golden excess of their respective ages--for Sara, the opulence of a world ruled by the Astors and Vanderbilts; for Bailey, the free-flowing drinks and cocaine in the nightclubs of New York City--and take refuge and solace in the Upper West Side's gilded fortress. But a building with a history as rich--and often tragic--as The Dakota's can't hold its secrets forever, and what Bailey discovers in its basement could turn everything she thought she knew about Theodore Camden--and the woman who killed him--on its head.

With rich historical detail, nuanced characters, and gorgeous prose, Fiona Davis once again delivers a compulsively readable novel that peels back the layers of not only a famed institution, but the lives--and lies--of the beating hearts within.
Publisher: 2017.
ISBN: 9781524742003
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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DCLadults May 08, 2018

I read this book for my book club & we had an interesting discussion on the history of the building, "The Dakota". This novel includes mystery, historical fiction & a lot of drama covering characters in two time frames, the 1880's and 1980's. The stories are brought together in the end in a surprising conclusion(at least to me). This book would appeal to those interested in New York City history, in particular its architecture. The treatment of the mentally ill would also be of interest.

ArapahoeAnnaL Apr 06, 2018

Great suspenseful, twisty plot, and fascinating description of life in 1885 London and New York City and the construction of the famous Dakota apartment building, in this historical murder mystery. There are two stories 100 years apart, 1885 and 1985, connected by a single extended family and the setting of the Dakota where much of the action takes place.

Mar 15, 2018

This was a great novel based primarily on 2 women who lived in 1885 and 1985 and flipping back and forth between the two. I thoroughly enjoyed the ever changing lives that both lived and the love, deceit and struggles both women faced. A Great read!

Feb 24, 2018

I really, really wanted to like this book since I had loved THE PARIS ARCHITECT so much. But I didn't. I found the plot lines predictable, the characters two-dimensional, and the whole experience disappointing. On the upside, it's an easy read and I'm a fast reader.

On the whole, I give it a resounding "MEH."

My recommendation: Skip this and read The Paris Architect instead.

Dec 14, 2017

It was really good. I really enjoyed the two different time lines and the historical facts regarding women's rights in the one time line. My issue with this book was the ending was a tad too predicable. However, enjoyed this enough to take out her other book, The Dollhouse, which I loved.

Nov 27, 2017

It was good and eventually blended together. I thought it was a bit predictable.

Nov 19, 2017

I really liked this book. At first it was a little slow as it set up the plot but once it got going I couldn't wait to get back to it.

ontherideau Nov 14, 2017

The Address is worth reading for a glimpse of The Dakota and the Blackwell Insane Asylum, both real and in stark contrast to each other in terms of architecture and residents.
Both buildings are online, interesting to see photos of them now.
Various threads of plot are neatly tied in a bow at the end.

Nov 09, 2017

This was a great mystery- wouldn't call it historical fiction. I feel like too much of the story is in the book description on the cover, though. I pretty much knew how it was going to end but I was surprised by one little insignificant twist that should have had more weight. Anyway, still an entertaining read to see how all the pieces of the mystery come together.

Sep 08, 2017

Oh my gosh!! This is one of the best novels I have ever read. Was a great and loving storyline and the characters in the novel were well played out. I could not put this book down... a must ready for all you that want to be inspired by a great story. I will definitely be reading more of Fiona's work. Read this novel Sept 2017

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