A mesmerising novel of female espionage and intrigue during the French Revolution, by the Sunday Times bestselling author of THE FIVE: THE WOMEN KILLED BY JACK THE RIPPER:
'A riveting novel of female intrigue, betrayal and revenge in the French Revolution. Read it!' LUCY WORSLEY
For fans of 'The Crown, Downton Abbey and Poldark
PARIS, 1792 : It was a head, but one so bloodied, so rolled in filth, that it was scarcely recognisable but for its long red curls. It had been stuck on a pike like a lump of bread upon a toasting fork ...
Henrietta Lightfoot trips on her silk gown as she runs for her life along the bloodstained streets of revolutionary Paris. She finds refuge in the lavish home of Grace Dalyrmple Elliott, one of the old regime's most powerful courtesans. But heads are beginning to roll. Outside, the guillotine mercilessly claims its victims, while inside society's gilded salons, Henrietta becomes a pawn in a vicious power game. How will she survive in a world where no one can be trusted?
'A gleefully modern retelling of a juicy chapter in history' The Times
'Rubenhold unfolds a complicated plot with great dexterity' Sunday Times
'Compelling, operatic, modern' SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE
'Dark and delicious' Red Magazine
"Henrietta Lightfoot's exploits in Revolutionary France are irresistible. She's a heroine you can't put down."
"A deliciously dark novel"
"Georgette Heyer meets Flashman ... A gleefully modern retelling of a juicy chapter in history"
"Rubenhold unfolds a complicated plot with great dexterity, brilliantly evoking a society in which traditional bonds are being sundered."
"'Compelling and operatic . . . Reads like a modern thriller’"
Jack the Ripper is famous for brutally murdering five women in East London. But what about the women themselves? Time and time again women have taken a backseat in their own narratives, but historian Hallie Rubenhold wants to set the record straight and give the female victims back their voices.