Synopses & Reviews
An upper-class woman, recovering from a suicide attempt, visits the women's ward of Millbank prison as part of her rehabilitation. There she meets Selina, an enigmatic spiritualist-and becomes drawn into a twilight world of ghosts and shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions, until she is at last driven to concoct a desperate plot to secure Selina's freedom, and her own.
Unfolds sinuously and ominously...a powerful plot-twister. The book is multidimensional: a naturalistic look at Victorian society; a truly suspenseful tale of terror; and a piece of elegant, thinly veiled erotica. (USA Today)
Gothic tale, psychological study, puzzle narrative-Sarah Waters' second novel is all of these wrapped into one, served up to superbly suspenseful and hypnotic effect. (The Seattle Times)
Following her father's death, Margaret Prior pursues some "good work" with the lady criminals of one of London's most notorious gaols. Drawn to one of the prisons more unlikely inmates - imprisoned spiritualist Selina Dawes - she finds herself dabbling in a world of spirits and seances.
From the Betty Trask Award-winning author of "Tipping The Velvet" comes this "sexy, spooky, stylish" ("Guardian") tale set in and around the women's prison at Milbank in the 1870s. While doing "good work" at the prison, Margaret Prior becomes drawn to one of the inmates, spiritualist Selina Dawes. But she becomes increasingly involved in a world of seances, spirits and passion. "A work of intense and atmospheric imagination..." "Daily Telegraph".