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  1. This is an extremely good book. It's Victorian Gothic fiction and a murder mystery. It has plenty of plot twists with one at the very end that had me guessing, incorrectly, right until the very end. A victorian silhouette artist struggles with her health and numerous deaths that happen and seem to be connected to her. She consults a spirit medium in the hope of finding out who the murderer is and what happened to her lost love. The story isn't as simple as that but I don't want to put in any spoilers. This is a convuluted and complicated page turning story set in Bath during th
  2. I probably should have waited until the paper-back came out before I read this, having read The Corset by Laura Purcell this year already, but I read it anyway. Amazon puts I better than I can : Consumption has ravaged Louise Pinecroft's family, leaving her and her father alone and heartbroken. But Dr Pinecroft has plans for a revolutionary experiment: convinced that sea air will prove to be the cure his wife and children needed, he arranges to house a group of prisoners suffering from the same disease in the cliffs beneath his new Cornish home.
  3. More Victorian Gothic from Laura Purcell. This is a very clever story about a young girl and her life and about another slightly older girl (she's 24) and her life. The chapters alternate from one main character to another. The younger girl is a seamstress and has a very difficult life, the other is a lady of leisure and adopts her mother's religion and charitable works. The older woman meets the younger one while the younger one is in jail, at the age of sixteen, and the younger one tells her story. The older one finds it difficult to believe but also finds it fascinating so keeps visiti
  4. I do love my Victorian Gothic novels and this was a good one. It's a ghost story and the silent companions of the title are wooden stands, with pictures of people painted on them, much like those one would use to put in front of an open fire-place when not in use. The story is well paced, the characters are well formed and the prose is good. I found myself getting more and more interested as the book progressed. It toggles in time between the 16th century and the 19th century with some chapters taking place in a Victorian asylum and is also the history of a family.
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