'A rich jewel of a story, full of desire and danger' - Julie Cohen.
A dark tale of love and obsession, perfect for fans of The Mermaid
and Mrs Hancock and The Wicked Cometh. London, 1853. Annie Stride
has nothing left to live for - she is a penniless prostitute, newly
evicted from her home and pregnant. On the night she plans to cast
herself from Waterloo Bridge into the icy waters of the Thames, her
life is saved by Francis Maybrick Gill, a talented pre-Raphaelite
painter - and her world is changed forever.Francis takes Annie as
his artist's muse, elevating her from fallen woman to society's
darling. With her otherworldly beauty now the toast of London, her
dark past is left far behind. But Annie's lavish new life is not
all it seems - and there are some who won't let her forget where
she came from...'A thrilling tale of love, lust and revenge' The
Lady'A captivating gothic blend of mystery and romance' Sunday
Mirror'Exquisite...this is historical fiction at its best' - Book
Literarti Reviews'Gothic, dark [and] rich with atmosphere' - Louise
Loves books'A glorious story of art and passion' - Tea Party
Princess'Dazzling' Goodreads Reviewer'Captivating' Goodreads
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