The Shape of Darkness

The Shape of Darkness : 'Darkly addictive, utterly compelling' Ruth Hogan

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'Dripping with atmosphere with a corkscrew plot, Laura Purcell just gets better and better' STACEY HALLS

'It truly kept me guessing to the very last page' SONIA VELTON

Wicked deeds require the cover of darkness...

A struggling silhouette artist in Victorian Bath seeks out a renowned child spirit medium in order to speak to the dead - and to try and identify their killers - in this beguiling new tale from Laura Purcell.

Silhouette artist Agnes is struggling to keep her business afloat. Still recovering from a serious illness herself, making enough money to support her elderly mother and her orphaned nephew Cedric has never been easy, but then one of her clients is murdered shortly after sitting for Agnes, and then another, and another...

Desperately seeking an answer, Agnes approaches Pearl, a child spirit medium lodging in Bath with her older half-sister and her ailing father, hoping that if Pearl can make contact with those who died, they might reveal who killed them. But Agnes and Pearl quickly discover that instead they may have opened the door to something that they can never put back...

What secrets lie hidden in the darkness?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 39mm | 552g
  • Raven Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 152660258X
  • 9781526602589
  • 99,215

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Purcell is fast establishing herself as the doyenne of gothic mystery, and this positively oozes uncanny menace ... Niftily plotted and deftly researched, it's one to read with the lights blazing and the door bolted * Mail on Sunday * A clever and well-researched novel with a good twist, and it shows the nightmare of life for single women of limited means in the 19th century * Literary Review * With atmospheric seances, a cast of quirky characters and a hint of the supernatural, this will have you guessing to the end * Woman&Home * There's always a satisfying edge to Laura Purcell's writing and The Shape of Darkness is no exception: this is dark, atmospheric storytelling that both satisfies and unsettles * Living Magazine * Dripping with atmosphere with a corkscrew plot, Laura Purcell just gets better and better -- Stacey Halls, author of The Familiars and The Foundling It's her best one yet and that's saying something. A story of a woman haunted in every way possible, I think it's a future gothic classic -- Martyn Waites There are ghosts, ghouls and ghastly goings on aplenty in the tale of Agnes Darken ... There are some spine-chilling moments in this twisty tale, and fans of murder mystery and gothic fiction will love getting lost in Agnes and Pearl's spooky world * Daily Mirror * Darkly addictive and utterly compelling. Reading Laura's books is like watching a horror movie where you have to keep hiding behind a cushion because you dread what is coming next, but you simply have to find out! -- Ruth Hogan Every bit as brilliant as I knew it would be. The writing has all the gothic creepiness that only Laura can summon, with characters as darkly ambiguous as the silhouettes themselves. It truly kept me guessing to the very last page -- Sonia Velton Beautifully eerie ... Laura Purcell's brilliance is in showing you a place and a time you think is familiar, and making every atom of it uncanny - and in The Shape of Darkness, she does it better than ever -- Natasha Pulley
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About Laura Purcell

Laura Purcell is a former bookseller and lives in Colchester with her husband and pet guinea pigs. Her first novel for Raven Books, The Silent Companions, was a Radio 2 and Zoe Ball ITV Book Club pick and was the winner of the WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award, while her subsequent books - The Corset and Bone China - established Laura as the queen of the sophisticated, and spooky, page-turner.
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3,072 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 27% (816)
4 43% (1,317)
3 25% (759)
2 5% (167)
1 0% (13)
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