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London, 1838: the controversial practice of Mesmerism, with its genuine practitioners and its fraudulent chancers, has hypnotised the city. Miss Cordelia Preston, a beautiful, ageing, out-of-work actress terrified of returning to the poverty of her childhood, suddenly emerges as a Lady Phreno-Mesmerist. In her candle-lit Bloomsbury basement she learns to harness her talent – and to finally look towards the future.

But success is fragile when you have a past filled with secrets. On a wintry, moonlit night a body is found in Bloomsbury Square, and what began as an audacious subterfuge erupts into a scandal. Cordelia’s past is revealed, bringing not only heartache but terror – and the mystery of a cloaked figure who waits for her in the shadowy London streets.

Reviews

Written with insight, intelligence and style, a highly engaging and entertaining read with a complex plot and a cast of utterly believable characters
SYDNEY Morning HERALD
The enormous spirit of the characters and overriding sense of fun gives this book warmth and appeal
Waterstone’s Books Quarterly
Mesmerically gripping
Sainsbury’s MAGAZINE
A good-humoured saga
SUN HERALD