(Originally written for my book blog at www.michelleamanda.co.uk)
When this book was first published, I did attempt to read it but for reasons I can’t really remember, I never got into it. Seeing it at the library recently, I thought I’d have another try at reading it. I am very pleased with my decision! It is a fascinating story.
The story is dark at times, and some of the descriptions are gory and disturbing. The writing however is brilliant and the plot has many twists and turns, my favourite of which is near the end. The way the novel has been arranged brings the reader perfectly to the ending, and the author has ben very subtle - weaving clues and ideas early on into the novel and not tying up the loose ends until the final pages.
This a book that kept me guessing, entertained me and I found it to be a very enjoyable read. I would certainly be interested in reading more from this author in the future....Continua
The blurb was oh so promising, but this really is a horrid story with few redeeming characters. The story line wanders about and I really didn't enjoy it much at all.
Tedious, slow, gory and plain revolting. Most disappointing choice for Richard & Judy's summer read. I would have abandoned it but, as I had chosen it for my 7 hour long-haul flight, I was regrettably stuck with it.
It is London, 1826. Leaving behind his father's tragic failures, Gabriel Swift arrives to study with Edwin Poll, the greatest of the city's anatomists. It is his chance to find advancement by making a name for himself. But, instead, he finds himself drawn to his master's nemesis, Lucan, the most powerful of the city's resurrectionists and ruler of its trade in stolen bodies. Dismissed by Mr Poll, Gabriel descends into the violence and corruption of London's underworld, a place where everything and everyone is for sale, and where - as Gabriel discovers - the taking of a life is easier than it might seem.