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The Shape of Darkness


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Wicked deeds require the cover of darkness.... The outstanding new novel from the author of the prize-winning The Silent Companions

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Laura Purcell is a former bookseller and lives in Colchester with her husband and pet guinea pigs. Her first novel for Raven Books, The Silent Companions, was a Radio 2 and Zoe Ball ITV Book Club pick and was the winner of the WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award, while her subsequent books - The Corset and Bone China - established Laura as the queen of the sophisticated, and spooky, page-turner. laurapurcell.com @spookypurcell


Purcell is fast establishing herself as the doyenne of gothic mystery, and this positively oozes uncanny menace ... Niftily plotted and deftly researched, it's one to read with the lights blazing and the door bolted * Mail on Sunday *
A clever and well-researched novel with a good twist, and it shows the nightmare of life for single women of limited means in the 19th century * Literary Review *
With atmospheric seances, a cast of quirky characters and a hint of the supernatural, this will have you guessing to the end * Woman&Home *
There's always a satisfying edge to Laura Purcell's writing and The Shape of Darkness is no exception: this is dark, atmospheric storytelling that both satisfies and unsettles * Living Magazine *
Dripping with atmosphere with a corkscrew plot, Laura Purcell just gets better and better -- Stacey Halls, author of The Familiars and The Foundling
It's her best one yet and that's saying something. A story of a woman haunted in every way possible, I think it's a future gothic classic -- Martyn Waites
There are ghosts, ghouls and ghastly goings on aplenty in the tale of Agnes Darken ... There are some spine-chilling moments in this twisty tale, and fans of murder mystery and gothic fiction will love getting lost in Agnes and Pearl's spooky world * Daily Mirror *
Darkly addictive and utterly compelling. Reading Laura's books is like watching a horror movie where you have to keep hiding behind a cushion because you dread what is coming next, but you simply have to find out! -- Ruth Hogan
Every bit as brilliant as I knew it would be. The writing has all the gothic creepiness that only Laura can summon, with characters as darkly ambiguous as the silhouettes themselves. It truly kept me guessing to the very last page -- Sonia Velton
Beautifully eerie ... Laura Purcell's brilliance is in showing you a place and a time you think is familiar, and making every atom of it uncanny - and in The Shape of Darkness, she does it better than ever -- Natasha Pulley

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