Sally is 25, and somebody wants to destroy her. She receives divorce papers from a man she has never met, let alone married - yet this trap is so well laid that she is powerless to prove otherwise.
When custody of her precious daughter is awarded to this evil stranger, it is the beginning of a terrifying struggle in which Sally will have to fight, with a gun if necessary, for the freedom of her family.
The third instalment of the quartet. Sally is a surprising and modern heroine, and her fight against unknown and relentless evil in Victorian London makes an exhilarating and unforgettable novel.
An unabridged reading of Philip Pullman's nerve-shattering thriller.
©2007 Phillip Pullman; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Philip Pullman writes beautifully! A well researched period mystery, full of suspense and drama. Anton Lesser narrates magnificently.
"Thrills and suspense, Victorian style."
Sally Lockhart is no ordinary Victorian heroine and Philip Pullman's series of four books will keep you enthralled as you follow her adventures in Victorian London and beyond. This is the third book in the series but I strongly recommend that you read the books in order (Ruby in the Smoke, Shadow in the North, Tiger in the Well and the Tin Princess) to keep the characters and plot developments in order. Each book moves at a cracking pace with the action hurrying you along yet never losing the chance to paint a convincing picture of Victorian life and the restrictions on women. Highly recommended.
"Exceptional Writing, exceptional narration"
I've never read a Philip Pullman book that I haven't loved and this is one of the best. Anton Lesser's narration only enhances the story. He has perfect pace and diction and he is very good at creating different voices for each character and keeping true to everyone's accent.
Lesser's performance was good, but the book itself compared to first two in the series is just plain boring. I regret buying it and would not recommend to anyone. Enjoy Sally's previous adventures and leave it at Shadow in the North.
"When is the Tin Princess coming out?"
Third Instalment of the Sally Lockhart Mysteries.
Another great narration. Thank you, it is a pleasure listening to them.
"Brilliant, Sally Lockhart sensation"
I really got caught up in this story, and almost missed picking up my kids from school to hear the end!
If you've not read any of the series, give your ears a treat and listen to them.
I just hope they turn book four, The Tin Princess into an audio book soon too
"Easy listen,gripping, Historical drama"
Great book. Gripping story and good narration.
I want stew what to expect from this book whose description sounded very different to other Pullman novels. But I needn't have worried it was as good as others I have read by this author and immediately engaging vein fascinating characters and story line right from the start
"An enjoyable read"
I have read many books by the Author and never been disappointed. A great heroine character put under duress by a set of circumstances that bring out the best of British stiff upper lip, the mysterious socialist and the monstrous evil bad man, a great romp from beginning to end.
The narrator is very good, well paced and a good range of characterisation.
Anton Lesser brings books to life and Pullman offers insights into Victorian England that are full of intrigue and surprise. I've loved these books, wish there were more. Fantastic!
A cast of super characters, deliciously bad baddies, and likeable goodies (perhaps a little to good at times). Nice plot.
Good action sequences, easily visualised.
Lovely lovely Anton Lesser. Cannot do anything wrong in my eyes. He could read the telephone directory and I would enjoy it.
I so liked reading a book which didn't rely on foul language and irrelevant sex scenes. Perhaps an old fashion read but all the better for that.
"Exceptional 3rd Installment"
Tense, textured and thought-provoking.
Daniel Goldberg - although Sally, Harriet, the new lawyer and the Irish lads are all excellent. All the characters in this book are exceptionally well drawn as is 19th century London which becomes a living, breathing character of it's own.
This is the third book in the Sally Lockhart series and Anthon Lesser does a great job in all of them. For me, his tone fits perfectly and he does a decent job of the female voices - which I imagine is not easy. His inflections for the Cockney, Irish and Jewish characters are, to my ears, very good.
I did, very much. I have enjoyed the previous two novels, but this one is significantly more mature in it's tone. I believe they novels are classed as YA fiction, so as a 34 year old man, I'm certainly outside of the target demographic. The plot revolves around a complex scheme to ruin Sally and take from her everything she holds dear. A few hours in and you feel her situation is so desperate, that she is so utterly trapped and helpless that it's almost tough to listen to. As a father I think the involvement of her young daughter made the narrative so compelling and her situation seem so distressing.
I would also mention that the discussion on Socialism versus Capitalism which underpins the plot through the latter half, its very thought provoking. The story vividly describes the human cost of Capitalism in 19th century London and while Sally is realising her involvement and responsibility, you can't help but see the modern parallels.
Start from the beginning with the Ruby in the Smoke and enjoy the series, you won't be disappointed. I'm going to download the fourth one now.
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