When the secrets you keep dont want to be kept . . .
1876. Nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to be interviewed for the position of ladys-maid by the 26th Baroness Tansor, the former Miss Emily Carteret.
But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de lOrme, to uncover the dark and dangerous secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanzas own closest interests are bound up.
Gradually those secrets are revealed, and with them the truth of who Esperanza really is, forcing agonizing obligations on her, and 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.
'An extraordinary feat' - The Sydney Morning Herald
The Glass of Time is a cracking piece of Victoriana with a compelling and convoluted plot and a vivid cast of characters. - The Age
'A rich, absorbing and indulgent read' - Notebook Magazine
Imbued with Victoriana, Mr Cox has wrought a romance of succession, possession and obsession. - The Courier Mail
A page-turning mystery, full of secrets and past obsessions - Good Reading Magazine
An 'intelligent, page-turning period mystery.' - The Canberra Times
The writing cleverly recalls various Victorian greats: it's full of melodrama and wild Dickensian coincidences, while the figure of the isolated but fearless young heroine, meekly taking a subordinate place in the households of the gentry, is the template for most of the Bronte sisters' work. - Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum
A satisfyingly sinister yarn - Daily Mail
Michael Cox has been planning and drafting 'The Meaning of Night' for thirty years. He is a former editor at Oxford University Press and biographer of the ghost story writer M. R. James. His lifelong passion for Victorian literature led him to edit a number of collections of short fiction from the period, including 'The Oxford Book of Victorian Detective Stories'. He lives in rural Northamptonshire - where 'The Meaning of Night' is partly set - with his wife. This is his first novel.