The nail-biting historical mystery with a heady romance at its heart
Hester White once had a comfortable home and a loving family, but after the untimely death of her parents, her life was turned upside down, leading her to live with her aunt and uncle in the slums of London. As the years turn, people begin to disappear from these murky streets in mysterious circumstances . . . with nobody to investigate their absences.
When a life-threatening accident crosses Hester's path with Calder Brock's, it appears Hester's fortune has changed. Handsome, charming and wealthy, Calder is quick to invite her into his home, introducing Hester to his mysterious sister Rebecca, who takes Hester under her wing. In the opulence of her new home, Hester believes she has now escaped the darkness of the slums for good.
But, Hester is about to find out, appearances can hide the ugliest of truths. When she is lured back onto the streets to investigate the mystery, the clues seem to lead her back far closer to her new friends than she could ever have imagined. . .
'Carlin can tell a good story' Observer
'Contains lovely, lyrical writing . . . and a heady romance at its heart' Sunday Express
Laura Carlin left school at 16 to work in retail banking and it was only after leaving her job to write full-time that she discovered her passion for storytelling and exploring pockets of history through fiction. She lives in a book-filled house in beautiful rural Derbyshire with her family (and a very naughty cat). When she's not writing she enjoys walking in the surrounding Peak District. The Wicked Cometh is her first novel.
This deliciously dark confection of a novel has as many twists and turns as the London backstreets of its setting and I devoured it in two sittings! — Ruth Hogan, author of THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS
Contains lovely lyrical writing . . . and a heady romance at its heart — Sunday Express
Carlin's great at conjuring up an image of darkest 1800s London, while her female characters are both of their time, while also being witty and modern — Stylist
Satisfying — The Times
Splendidly diverting . . . Spirited and highly readable — Irish Times
The darkest corners of Georgian London are gleefully drawn in this brilliant story — Emerald Street
A delightful romp. I can't wait to see what Carlin writes next — Lauren James, author of THE NEXT TOGETHER
Laura Carlin earns every single comparison to Sarah Waters she's going to get. It's a sterling, historical, dark, twisty novel — Kaite Welsh, Radio 4 Open Book
A captivating debut that brings the squalid and sinister Georgian London to life . . . will appeal to fans of vintage gothic à la Wilkie Collins and Sarah Waters — BookRiot
Charming and a delight to read. An added bonus is that the cover of this book is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. — Yorkshire Post
Historical fiction with a lesbian slant usually begs comparison with Sarah Waters, but Carlin is more than up to the task as she carefully weaves an eerie, evocative tale where no one can be trusted and everyone - even Hester herself - has secrets — DIVA Magazine
Richly detailed with well-drawn characters and evocative language, THE WICKED COMETH is an entertaining piece of Victoriana-style literature that's sure to label Carlin as one to watch — Culture Fly
You can almost taste the gin and the soot . . . but we reckon you'll be enjoying it too much to care — Metro