The Glass of Time (Hardback)Michael Cox (author)
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1876. Nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to be interviewed for the position of lady's-maid.
But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the dark and dangerous secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza's own closest interests are bound up.
Gradually those secrets are revealed, and with them the truth of who Esperanza really is, enmeshing her in a complicated web of intrigue, deceit, and murder that culminates in betrayal by those she trusted most.
A sequel to the widely praised The Meaning of Night, The Glass of Time is both a page-turning period mystery and a gripping study of identity, the nature of secrets, and what can happen when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 850 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 44 mm
Smart reflections on the shifting, shifty nature of identity * Hephzibah Anderson, Daily Mail *
'Imbued with Victoriana, Mr Cox has wrought a romance of succession, possession and obsession' * Courier Mail (Aus) *
'A Gutsy 18-year-old heroine masquerades as a lady's maid to uncover dark secrets. Sounds intriguing' * Bookseller *
'Unlike many sequels, it does not disappoint, surpassing its predecessor in terms of atmosphere and suspense' * Bookseller *
'A thriller about identity and betrayal' * Easy Living *
'Brilliantly plotted story' * New Books *
'While other authors have written novels with similar elements . . . none manages to better his exquisite period detail, scope and sheer readability' * Independent *
'As a novelist obsessed with how the ghosts of the past inform and illuminate the present, this modern-day Wilkie Collins has done the spirit of his illustrious predecessor proud' * Independent *
'This is a period mystery told with great skill, notable for its marvellous sense of the past and vividly drawn characters' * Good Book Guide *
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