(The Shape of Darkness) PDF KINDLE Ú Laura Purcell
Pernatural element evocative settings intriguing characters and with a plot that eeps you turning the pages right until the very end with some twists that make you go ooh then this is the book for youThere was also some gorgeous writing along the way some of which I Took The Time To Highlight the time to highlight I could return to reread these sentences at a later timeIt s not out until January 2021 but make sure you put aside some Christmas money so you can get your hands on this one on release date or pre order now The cover looks a beauty too 255 stars overallThis is not my first Laura Purcell novel I previously tried to read The Silent Companions but had to give up part way through due to utter frustration and boredom This one was definitely a big improvement but I still had some issues with it The Shape Of Darkness is a Victorian era novel about a woman called Agnes who earns her living through her craft of cutting paper silhouettes When a murderer stars targeting her clients causing her business to strug Courtesy of NetGalley I was grateful for the opportunity to preview Laura Purcell s latest book The Shape of Darkness The good news is she s delivered yet another winner I ve been in an historical spooky mystery phase for a while and her books fit right in These days authors such as ES Thomson Laura Shepherd Robinson and Katherine Stansfield *publish stories full of rich detail accurate portrayals of 18th and 19th century Britain and fully rounded characters all of which *stories full of rich detail accurate portrayals of 18th and 19th century Britain and fully rounded characters all of which a vivid backdrop to the story Laura does the same From cold dreary houses to stuffy Victorian society it s all drawn beautifullyThis time we re in Victorian Bath meeting Agnes a struggling silhouette maker with a lovely Dickensian story of penury and family responsibilities A series of events prompt her to consult a child medium in order to determine if her silhouettes are responsible for a series of deaths It s all there s ances dark claustrophobic rooms gullible Victorian ladies real and not so real ghosts and an intricate plot that gradually unfolds in a series of events that will satisfy readers new and oldDespite already enjoying the Netgalley ARC I ll definitely be rushing out to buy my own hardback copy as soon as I can and I recommend you do the same Agnes Darken is an artist a creator of silhouettes which is a dying art with people now preferring daguerreotypes Pearl Meers The White Sylph is an albino spirit guide and her half sister Myrtle West is a mesmerist These three women connect in the most surprising of ways in this Victorian Gothic Murder Mystery set in Bath This is a fantastical read Laura Purcell s writing feels so authentically Victorian that it is as if it is a gothic mystery from the era It has every element reuired for the genre It is ghostly has some supernatural sections it s a bit creepy spine tingling and chilling There are some very powerful im. Th her older half sister and her ailing father hoping that if Pearl can make contact with those who died they might reveal who illed themBut Agnes and Pearl uickly discover that instead they may have opened the door to something that they can never put ba.
Laura Purcell ô 3 free downloadEs that is becoming less and less popular due TO NEW TECHNIUES NAMELY DAGUERREOTYPE AND PHOTOGRAPHY AGNES DARKEN new techniues namely daguerreotype and photography Agnes Darken Shape of Darkness by Laura PurcellGenre General Fiction Mystery and ThrillersPublisher Bloomsbury Publishing Plc UK ANZPublish Date 28 January 2021Laura Purcell is a modern giant when it comes to writing a chilling gothic tale I have no idea in all honesty how to write a review of this book without giving out *any spoilers so I ll have to give a very watered *spoilers so I ll have to give a very watered versionThree women make this story Agnes a silhouette artist Pearl a child spiritual medium
and Miss West Pearl s older half sister Each woman has her ownMiss West Pearl s older half sister Each woman has her own and struggles but the way Purcell presents these stories and then mashes them together in a slow burning read is addictive What brings these three women together you ask Why murder of courseThe supporting characters are all extremely well developed the depiction of Victorian Bath is exceptional the confrontation with Phossy Jaw is shocking and the raw relationship of sisterhood is emotional The ending like all of Purcell s endings is a twist which I did not see coming and after I closed the book I needed a cup of tea and a good long think about what just happened Purcell eeps putting me in this position and I eep coming back for Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an E ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own Every time I read a Purcell bookI think it s the best one she s writtenand this is no differentIt had the right blend of ghostly goings onthat you couldn t tell if they were real or notand real life mysteriesThere were a few surprises along the wayand once they were all laid to rest and I marvelled at how well it had all come togetherthe final one was thrown at meI saw none of it comingand that s such an unusual thing for me to sayAnother cracking read It s rare for a book to stop me in my tracks trap me in a chair away from all else and where I eep saying just one chapter just one chapter But The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell did just that And now it is over I am sad and wondering what could fill the Agnes shaped gap in my lifeLet s get it right up front that I love all the books Laura Purcell has written and so I was thrilled to find myself with an early copy of her latest book courtesy of the author publisher and NetGalley I m not sure how many copies of The Corset I have gifted to others and how many people I have recommended her books to This book will be the sameThis story ticks all my boxes Victorian setting Large gothic style houses in Bath Agnes the main character who is Silhouettist Mesmerism Seances an albino child medium Mysterious deaths and ghostly goings on A dead sister who won t let go Dark Shadows Oh and let s not forget a pug called MorpheusI m not going to share with you what happens other than to say if you like books with a su. R been easy but then one of her clients is murdered shortly after sitting for Agnes and then another and another Why is the iller seemingly targeting her businessDesperately seeking an answer Agnes approaches Pearl a child spirit medium lodging in Bath wi. Agnes Darken is a silhouette artist in 19th
Century Bath But HerBath but her is failing To make things worse it appears that anyone who sits for her dies in bizarre circumstances Against her better judgement she finds herself at the home of a child medium Pearl her older half sister and very sick father looking for answers and possibly sick father looking for answers and possibly identity of the murderer Their lives become entwined as they seek answers to their own individual uestions and everything inevitably spirals to its conclusionI literally didn t think Purcell could produce anything better than The Silent Companions but she has Once I began reading I had to continue and finished within two days and not much sleep This ticks so many boxes in terms of ghostly goings on sympathetic and not
so sympathetic characters secrets poverty deadly Victorian illnesses and a very atmosphericsympathetic characters secrets poverty deadly Victorian illnesses and a very atmospheric The plot is very tight and Purcell leaves clues that the reader does not pick up on until the end at least I didn t This is a book that stays with you for so many reasonsIf I could give this than 5 I would but 5 it is Once I get my physical copy in 2021 I will definitely be reading it againThank you to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc and NetGalley for my ARC Laura Purcell is without a doubt one of the best writers of our time Her intricately woven stories are instantly gripping and atmospheric her characters bold and fierce I have read all of her gothic historical fiction novels so far and have loved each one than the last The Shape of Darkness is a triumphant foray into the world of Victorian spiritualism and deception of women and girls doing what they can to survive It is dark and captivating and absolutely perfect This is a haunting story that will remain with me for some time The sign of a great book for me is a plot that makes you think and sticks with you The Shape of Darkness definitely does these thingsThe characters are richly described from the complex Agnes to the mysterious and fragile Pearl Not a single character is there without reason The interweaving of their lives is the most enjoyable part of this novelI loved the depictions of the era houses and streets Laura Purcell has a talent for description casting a highly visual scene in every chapter I also learned about society and particular afflictionsThe meshing of a silhouette artist mesmerist medium ghostly happenings and tumultuous relationships is inspired As an author I m often ahead in spotting what links characters It can be disappointing I didn t detect this at all within this novel The surprises are brilliantThis is the first Laura Purcell novel I ve read It certainly won t be the last Ms Purcell has become one of my favourite Victorian ghotic authors and I was delighted to have been offered the latest of her books to read Bath 1854 The times of increased interest in mesmerism spiritual seanses and the art of making silhuett. As the age of the photograph dawns in Victorian Bath silhouette artist Agnes is struggling to eep her business afloat Still recovering from a serious illness herself making enough money to support her elderly mother and her orphaned nephew Cedric has neve. ,