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Publisher Description

Imogen Robertson's break-out novel - a deep, dark and opulent tale of Belle Époque Paris, and the secrets and dangers hidden beneath its luxurious facade. Maud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Académie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town. It took all her courage to escape, but Paris eats money. While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling joys of the Belle Époque, Maud slips into poverty. Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, Maud takes a job as companion to young, beautiful Sylvie Morel. But Sylvie has a secret: an addiction to opium. As Maud is drawn into the Morels' world of elegant luxury, their secrets become hers. Before the New Year arrives, a greater deception will plunge her into the darkness that waits beneath this glittering city of light.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2013
April 11
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
305
Pages
PUBLISHER
Headline
SIZE
3.8
MB

Customer Reviews

Janjohn3 ,

An Atmospheric Tale of Two Halves

I think another reviewer said this book was, at least in part, reminiscent of Sarah Waters and so it is, at least in the first half, conjuring up a convincing picture of a dark & moody early 20th century Paris. With its device of describing fictional paintings at the start of each chapter I found this half intensely readable. But sadly the promise was not sustained as we progressed into the meat of the mystery, as it were, which became, well, a bit of a romp. Still well written & readable but it didn't quite finish what it started. Nevertheless I'd certainly read more by this author.

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