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It was in the shadow hours of deepest night that this tapestry of lies fell to rags . . .
Harriet Jenner is just twenty-one when she walks through the gates of Fenix House. Reeling from a personal tragedy, she doesn't expect her new life as a governess to be easy. But she certainly does not foresee the spell Fenix House will cast.
Almost fifty years later, Harriet's granddaughter Grace follows in her footsteps. For Grace, raised on Harriet's spellbinding stories, Fenix House is a fairy tale; a magical place suspended in time.
But the now-faded grandeur of the mansion soon begins to reveal the holes in Harriet's story and Grace finds herself in a place of secrets and shadows. For Fenix House hides truths about her family, and everything that she once knew is about to change.
Praise for The Shadow Hour
'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
'A perfect gothic, big-house mystery that kept me turning the pages' Katherine Webb
'It's wonderful - the dark suspense and evocative descriptions are perfect' Liz Fenwick
'We loved last year's The Girl in the Photograph and this latest atmospheric saga is just as thrilling' Essentials
'Intelligent, poignant, unexpected: highly recommended' Louise Candlish
'Beautifully written and utterly compelling, I loved this' Katie Fforde
'Gorgeously written - 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' Ella Harper
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
A perfect gothic, big-house mystery that kept me turning the pages. Very well written - I really enjoyed it
It's wonderful - the dark suspense and evocative descriptions are perfect
The parallel stories of Fenix House governess Harriet Jenner and her granddaughter Grace had me absolutely gripped. Intelligent, poignant, unexpected: highly recommended
Beautifully written and utterly compelling, I loved this
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.
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
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
Rich and atmospheric, like Rebecca this novel casts an enduring spell
When Alice Eveleigh arrives at Fiercombe Manor during the long, languid summer of 1933, she finds a house steeped in mystery and brimming with secrets. Read on for an extract from The Girl in the Photograph
Kate Riordan, author of The Stranger, reveals how a difficult secondary character became the dazzling (anti)heroine of her latest novel