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Publisher's Summary

'We have no need to protect ourselves from the bad sort because we ARE the bad sort....'

'This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of cases where men, women and children are declared missing. Scarcely a week passes without the occurrence of an incident of this type.' (The Morning Herald, Tuesday 13 September 1831)

Down the murky alleyways of London, acts of unspeakable wickedness are taking place, and the city's vulnerable poor are disappearing from the streets. Out of these shadows comes Hester White, a bright young woman who is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible.

When Hester is thrust into the world of the aristocratic Brock family, she leaps at the chance to improve her station in life under the tutelage of the fiercely intelligent and mysterious Rebekah Brock.

But whispers from her past slowly begin to poison her new life, and both she and Rebekah are lured into the most sinister of investigations, dragging them into the blackest heart of a city where something more depraved than either of them could ever imagine is lurking....

©2018 Laura Carlin (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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  • Joanna Mitchell
  • 02-16-18

Astonishing. This one is not to be missed.

This story had me gripped from the word go. I bought it because of the narrator, of whom I am a huge fan. Sophie Ward’s narration is unbeatable, but the book itself is well paced, the characters varied and incredibly believable, the period detail has you right there in the thick of the action.

I believed every word, and felt washed along on the tide of Hester’s discovery of life, the world, herself and what it means to truly love. Every twist and turn of this book was perfectly executed. This book had me unable to press pause. It made me cry for a day and pray for a miracle. It lives within me still. This is one I will never forget.

I read a review that said it would be liked by fans of Sarah Waters, and as a somewhat jaded “Water-girl” I can say that I am thrilled that at last this genre may have found a voice that will propel it forward with love, not lust, something rare and long needed.

I eagerly await another offering from this author. These are characters I would love to meet again, but I believe I would enjoy meeting new friends penned so beautifully by Miss Carlin.

Please Miss, We Want Some More. Read for us, I beg you, by the outstandingly talented dreamboat Sophie Ward.

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  • Carol Corbett
  • 02-09-18

Beautifully written - a story that completely draws the listener in from start to finish.

Sophie Wards narration brings the whole story alive taking the listener back in time. Excellent!

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  • anna
  • 08-14-18

Great read

A beautifully woven story. I look forward to the next book with anticipation
The ending was a superb

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  • H. Overton
  • 07-08-18

Girl Power at its best

An extraordinary mix of crime, forbidden love and the depths of the despair of the poor in Georgian London.

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  • The Curator
  • 02-20-18

Dreadfully tedious

Not my thing at all. So many things I disliked about this book that it was only masochism that made me finish it. The princess reduced to poverty aspect, the gormless adoration of a one dimensional character who’s awful to everyone because, boo hoo she didn’t marry her fiancé whom she didn’t know or like and then pantomime shenanigans with babies requiring leaps of coincidence that were just insulting. Most of all I felt very uncomfortable at the level of disdain shown by characters and author to those in poverty who are all without exception smelly, ugly, stupid or crooked. We are supposed to sympathise with the heroine’s fall but not with people who’ve had to live that way all their lives. By the end I was hoping there’d be a few more murders...

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  • Liz Scully
  • 04-13-18

Overly long and not particularly gripping

I chose this book having just read the Mermaid and Mrs Hancock.

The book had massive dull stretches that took willpower to get through (even when listening at double speed). By the end I was listening at 2.5 speed which is the aural equivalent of flicking through a book skimming. Which I almost never do.

It was a little in love with it's own sense of history and speech. The characters were thinly drawn despite the tedious detail of description. And their motivations were unbelievable over the long haul of the book.

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  • Ms. Jl Green
  • 04-27-18

Dull!

Would you try another book written by Laura Carlin or narrated by Sophie Ward?

I might read another of Carlin's books but I would never listen to anything narrated by Ward again. Ward failed to put any life into the story and just sounded bored throughout the entire book. Having said that, I couldn't make it to the end.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have put a better description of Victorian London in the book, and made more importance of the missing people and less of the lesbian attraction between the main characters. The story just lost it's way.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Sophie Ward?

Anyone who could have sounded less bored by the story.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

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  • Lorna
  • 04-14-18

Wetter than an eel

The author has a nice turn of phrase (‘wetter than an eel’, ‘the skin of the door’), but the overall story is a particularly sappy romance between a credulous mistress (we could all spot the villain a mile off) and her maidservant. Told in the latter’s voice, by a sepulchral sounding narrator, I was glad when this one finished and only felt sorry for the dog.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-27-18

story didnt really grip me

story was alright but nothing particularly special or surprising. has good parts but didnt really keep my attention.

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