Pale as the Dead

Pale as the Dead

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Natasha Blake is a detective with a difference. She's an ancestor detective, an ambitious young genealogist with a passion for history, whose choice of career is partly driven by the mystery of her own roots. The disappearance of a young girl, Bethany, appears to be linked in some way to Lizzie Siddall, the haunting ethereal Pre-Raphaelite model and artist, whose life was cut short by an overdose of laudanum. Was it accident or suicide? Why is Bethany so obsessed with her, and at the same time so determined to put herself beyond the reach of her lover, Adam?show more

Product details

  • Mixed media product
  • 165.1 x 223.5 x 33mm | 453.6g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Audio Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0753119048
  • 9780753119044

Review Text

A debut for Natasha Blake, an adopted child turned professional genealogist fascinated by other people's ancestral mysteries. After breaking up with her boyfriend, Natasha especially welcomes the distraction of a new client, Bethany Marshall, a model in an intriguing series of photographs her edgy boyfriend Adam Mason has based on paintings by the pre-Raphaelites. Natasha meets Bethany while she poses for a re-creation of Millais' Ophelia, the model for which was Dante's fragile and beautiful wife Elizabeth Siddal. Almost immediately after hiring Natasha, however, Bethany disappears, and Adam insists on becoming Natasha's client and maybe something else. As a possible clue, he gives her a 19th-century journal belonging to Bethany and perhaps written by Bethany's ancestor. Coincidentally, the journal connects Bethany's putative forbear with the pre-Raphaelites, especially the ill-fated Rossettis. As Natasha uncovers more about the Marshalls, she also discovers some disturbing conflicts in Bethany's circle. Convinced that Bethany's in danger, Natasha doesn't know if the danger comes from something in the dead past or from the live someone who's followed Natasha and broken into her house. Interesting facts and speculations about the pre-Raphaelites and an appealing heroine, but the Siddal languor and artistic danger don't quite translate into the 21st century. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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260 ratings
3.61 out of 5 stars
5 20% (52)
4 38% (98)
3 29% (76)
2 10% (27)
1 3% (7)
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