'Some secrets are better left buried...' When seventeen-year old Phoebe Turner visits Wilton's Music Hall to watch her Aunt Cissy performing on stage, she risks the wrath of her mother Maud who marches with the Hallelujah Army, campaigning for all London theatres to close. While there, Phoebe is drawn to a stranger, the enigmatic Nathaniel Samuels who heralds dramatic changes in the lives of all three women. When offered the position of companion to Nathaniel's reclusive wife, Phoebe leaves her life in London's East End for Dinwood Court in Herefordshire - a house that may well be haunted and which holds the darkest of truths. In a gloriously gothic debut, Essie Fox weaves a spellbinding tale of guilt and deception, regret and lost love. "VIVIDLY COMPELLING, DARK AND DAZZLING" Katherine Webb, author of The Legacy
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- Hardback | 384 pages
- 154 x 240 x 33mm | 620g
- 26 May 2011
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
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Vividly compelling, dark and dazzling KATHERINE WEBB 'paints a vivid picture of Victorian times' 4 stars STAR MAGAZINE A gloriously gothic tale of guilt and deception, regret and lost love. LIVING NORTH This is a gutsy page-turning novel with a delightful heroine... larger than life Dickensian characters and generous supply of plot twists and turns. But it is no pastiche. It is an affectionate and knowledgeable homage to the genre and a thumping good read. HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW I was hooked on this well written tale taking in Victorian sleep-walking, lost love, murder and madness. BURY TIMES This wonderful debut novel is well-written. with lively believable characters... I found this book difficult to put down and look forward to reading more from this very promising author. GAZETTE & HERALD This wonderful debut novel ... is well written with lively and believable characters ... I found this book difficult to put down and look forward to reading more from this very promising author. YORKSHIRE GAZETTE AND HERALD
About Essie Fox
Essie Fox divides her time between Windsor and Bow in the East End of London. Her debut novel, THE SOMNAMBULIST, was selected for the Channel 4 Book Club and was shortlisted in the New Writer of the Year category of the 2012 NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS. She is the author of The Virtual Victorian: www.virtualvictorian.blogspot.com