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The Shape of Darkness

by Laura Purcell

Family Drama Historical Fiction Spine-Chilling Fiction Star Books

LoveReading View on The Shape of Darkness

What a gloriously dark and thrilling treat of a read this is! If I’m not careful I will go into exclamation mark overdrive as I adored every single moment spent with this novel, from the cover on the outside to the content within. Silhouette artist Agnes believes that her clients are being murdered, in an attempt to find answers she asks spirit medium Pearl to make contact with the dead. Victorian Bath is the setting with a dramatic and shadowy atmosphere that oozes from the pages. The characters are beautifully constructed, I found myself investing in their every word and move. The plot is fascinating, the uncanny elements thrilling, and yet it all feels so convincing, so vividly real. And oh, that ending, it gave me goosebumps in the best possible way! If you delight in a deeply satisfying story containing elements of the supernatural then this is the book for you. Slithering between thoughts into the darkest of places The Shape of Darkness is an eloquent, mesmerising gothic tale and one of my Liz Picks of the Month.


Liz Robinson

The Shape of Darkness Synopsis

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?

The Shape of Darkness Press Reviews

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

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

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

Purcell is rapidly making a name for herself as the queen of the superior bone chiller - i

Purcell has established a claim on Daphne du Maurier's territory of psychological suspense and Gothic spookiness - Sunday Express

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ISBN: 9781526602589
Publication date: 21/01/2021
Publisher: Raven Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526602589
Publication date: 21st January 2021
Author: Laura Purcell
Publisher: Raven Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Spine-Chilling Fiction, Star Books,
Collections: 45 Novels With A Gothic Influence, Spine-Chilling Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Laura Purcell

Laura Purcell is a former bookseller, she lives in Colchester with her husband and pet guinea pigs. Her second novel for Bloomsbury, gothic chiller The Corset, will be published in 2018. @spookypurcell

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