In Victorian England, a mother is on the run from her past—and the truth about what she did.
Birmingham, 1880. Angelica Chastain has fled from London with her young son, William. She promises him a better life, far away from the terrors they left behind.
Securing a job as a governess, Angelica captures the attention of wealthy widower Stanley Hampton. Soon they marry and the successful future Angelica envisaged for William starts to fall into place.
But the past will not let Angelica go. As the people in her husband’s circle, once captivated by her charm, begin to question her motives, it becomes clear that forgetting where she came from—and who she ran from—is impossible.
When tragedy threatens to expose her and destroy everything she’s built for herself and William, how far will she go to keep her secrets safe? And when does the love for one’s child tip over into dangerous obsession?
Alias Grace meets Peaky Blinders in this tale of obsession, ambition and murder in Victorian England.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
After a traumatic opening and first meeting of Angelica Chastain and her young son William, the story jumps 16 years to 1896 in Birmingham and swearing of events that lead from 1880 to present-day. The beginning of this swearing is a statement of love for Angelica followed by what this person says Angelica confided in her and what she witnessed herself.
Beauty is definitely only skin deep where Angelica is concerned as men underestimate her and most women sense that there is something very off with her. Her goal in life is to lift her son out of poverty and into much wealthier circles so that he will never want for anything. The drawback of being so beautiful though is how memorable it makes her, making her an easy target for anyone wanting to make a quick few shillings or for pure self-gratification.
The author creates a vivid picture of the huge divide between the poor and upper classes of the Victorian era and the people who lived in each. The characters are very well developed in the story with some tender and light moments between friendships that develop making some of what happens feel even more shocking. The end just knocked me sideways. Brilliant round up.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE’ IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Steve Robinson is a London-based crime writer. He was sixteen when his first magazine article was published and he’s been writing ever since. A love for genealogy inspired his first bestselling series, the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries, and he is now expanding his writing to historical crime, another area he is passionate about
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