Power, theatre and ghosts in a Victorian gothic historical, perfect for fans of The Silent Companions, The Night Circus and The Familiars.
A story of the trappings of fame, magic and the power of illusion in Victorian London.
When Lily Bell is sold by her father to a 'Professor of Ghosts' to settle a bad debt, she thinks she about to hit the London stage as an actress. But little does she know that the professor intends her to be his very own ghost, part of an elaborate illusion for a fascinated audience.
Obsessed with perfection, the professor covers all bases to ensure his illusion is realistic - and when Lily comes across her own obituary in the paper, and then her own headstone in the cemetery, she soon realises that she is trapped, her parents think she is dead - and soon her fate is to become even darker...
Fantastic writing - sinister and suspenseful
A disturbing story which resonates with our times. Beautifully written
Wonderful female characters - a brilliant storyteller