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  • I was immediately drawn in by this beautifully written tale. I loved the sense of intrigue and the air of mystery at Fenix House, and was itching for answers as the two narratives unfolded

    Dinah Jefferies, author of The Tea Planter's Wife
  • A perfect gothic, big-house mystery that kept me turning the pages. Very well written - I really enjoyed it

    Katherine Webb
  • It's wonderful - the dark suspense and evocative descriptions are perfect

    Liz Fenwick, author of, Under a Cornish Sky
  • The parallel stories of Fenix House governess Harriet Jenner and her granddaughter Grace had me absolutely gripped. Intelligent, poignant, unexpected: highly recommended

    Louise Candlish, author of, The Swimming Pool
  • Beautifully written and utterly compelling, I loved this

    Katie Fforde
  • Gorgeously written - I was instantly drawn in to the mysteries of Fenix House and Kate's evocative storytelling held me rapt until the very end.

    Lucy Diamond
  • Full of dark intrigue, rich description and haunting secrets, this kept me reading and reading! Beautifully written and compelling until the end. I adored it

    Sasha Wagstaff, author of, Recipe For Love
  • Headily atmospheric Victorian gothic detail brings to life the house which holds secrets and memories in its dim rooms, and conjures up a world of hot house flowers and stifled passions. Certain images stay with you - Riordan richly juxtaposes a measured, scientific world of steam trains, comets and clocks with the wild: flooded quarries, ice storms, and the irresistible desire for love and revenge which defies rationality. It's all in the detail - jewelled Indian daggers, sunlight on red gold hair, claustrophobic mazes and ice houses, and mysterious sounds in the night. From the utterly gripping prologue, The Shadow Hour transports you back in time, and shows how a few minutes here or there can catastrophically change a life

    Kate Lord Brown, author of, The Christmas We Met
  • Rich and atmospheric, like Rebecca this novel casts an enduring spell

    Rachel Hore, Sunday Times bestselling author

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