Palace of Shadows (Hardback)
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Palace of Shadows (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages
Published: 12/10/2023
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The author of the acclaimed City Blues quartet delivers a spellbinding nineteenth-century-set gothic novel, as a penniless artist accepts a fateful commission to work on a supposedly haunted house.

'I'm not asking you to build something impossible. I'm asking you to build something that contains all the strangeness and confusion that you can muster.'

Samuel Etherstone, a penniless artist, is adrift in London. His disturbing art is shunned by patrons and critics alike, his friend Oscar Wilde is now an exile living in Paris, and a personal tragedy has taken its toll. So when he is contacted by a mysterious heiress, Mrs Chesterfield, and asked to work on a commission for the house she is building on the desolate Smugglers' Coast of North Yorkshire, he accepts the offer.

Staying overnight in the local village pub, Samuel is warned not to spend too much time there. He is told of the fate of the house's original architect, Francisco Varano, chilling tales of folk driven mad by the house, of it being built on haunted land where young girls have vanished, their ghosts now calling others to their deaths...

It is only on arrival at the Chesterfield house that he learns the sinister details of Varano's disappearance. And yet its owner keeps adding wing upon wing, and no one will tell him the reason behind her chilling obsession ... But as Samuel delves deeper into the mysteries that swirl about the house, the nature of the project becomes terrifyingly clear.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781035019076
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 243 x 162 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'[S]et in the late 19th century, [Ray Celestin] takes the true story of American weapons heiress Sarah Winchester’s San Jose mansion and transports it to Yorkshire, with chillingly gothic results. - Guardian, 'Best Crime and Thrillers of 2023'

[A] beguiling standalone historical thriller . . . Its jaw-dropping finale will leave readers reeling. An absolute triumph - Sunday Express

‘I loved Palace of Shadows . . . set on the Yorkshire moors in the late 19th century. Based on a true story, a labyrinth of timelines populated by vividly written characters offers a darkly entertaining plot.’ - Laura Shepherd-Robinson, bestselling author of The Square of Sevens

‘I could see elements of Wilkie Collins, Bram Stoker and even Lewis Carroll in this gloriously bonkers novel . . . a hugely entertaining slice of Gothic fantasy’ - Andrew Taylor, bestselling author of The Shadows of London

Palace of Shadows moves exhilaratingly into Gothic territory - Financial Times

Beautifully crafted and delightfully creepy - The Bookseller

A piercing and wholly captivating historical novel that creates the most sinister and atmospheric of gothic tones…The foreboding descent into [the house’s] depths are chilling, and yet oh-so addictive… Beautifully atmospheric and absolutely convincing - LoveReading

Palace of Shadows is as authentically detailed as Dickens, sophisticatedly horrific as Poe, and is more than enough to give readers the chills on dark autumn nights - Buzz Magazine

Welcome the darker months in with this deeply unsettling gothic tale - Sainsbury's Magazine

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“A Perfect Spooky-Season Read!”

I really enjoyed this one! A haunted house story that manages to still feel totally original, and kept me guessing until the very end. Reminiscent of the diary-style writing in Dracula, Celestin ties his plot together... More

Hardback edition
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“Gothic mystery”

Strange and chilling. This tale of spirits, madness, and a sinister house is mysterious and mind-bending. Ray Celestin is a brilliant writer, but I don't think this book was 100% for me. However, I can't... More

Hardback edition
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“Lurking in the shadows…”

Samuel Etherstone, a penniless artist is called from London to a sprawling yet unfinished house on a remote coast in Yorkshire for a commission by an eccentric elderly heiress: “I’m not asking you to build something... More

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