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The Wicked Cometh

By Laura Carlin

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Even in the darkest of times, you cannot bury the truth . . . A debut historical novel that will appeal to fans of Sarah Waters and The Essex Serpent.

A Stylist must-read for 2018

'We have no need to protect ourselves from the bad sort
because we ARE the bad sort . . .'

'This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of cases where men, women and children are declared missing. Scarcely a week passes without the occurrence of an incident of this type' - The Morning Herald, Tuesday 13 September 1831

Down the murky alleyways of London, acts of unspeakable wickedness are taking place and the city's vulnerable poor are disappearing from the streets. Out of these shadows comes Hester White, a bright young woman who is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible.

When Hester is thrust into the world of the aristocratic Brock family, she leaps at the chance to improve her station in life under the tutelage of the fiercely intelligent and mysterious Rebekah Brock.

But whispers from her past slowly begin to poison her new life and both she and Rebekah are lured into the most sinister of investigations, dragging them into the blackest heart of a city where something more depraved than either of them could ever imagine is lurking. . .

'A deliciously dark confection of a novel' Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things

'A delightful romp. I can't wait to see what Carlin writes next' Lauren James, author of The Next Together


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What readers have said about The Wicked Cometh

'Incredible. Atmospheric and thrilling debut. This is one to watch in months, years to come - going to be one of the best and biggest releases of next year, no doubt' Mary J.

'A truly enchanting book. Darkly atmospheric, a vivid and authentic 19th century setting full to the brim with fantastically developed characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be recommending to the book club.' Emma G.

'Fascinating, chilling, wonderfully written, and engaging. I could barely put this down!' Kirsty H.

'What a beautiful book this is. Not just to look at - which it undoubtedly is, with its embellishments and scrolls and all things lavish - but also by virtue of its rich, lush prose and headily evoked nineteenth century London . . . The Wicked Cometh is Dickens with extra dirt, a classic in the making. Beguiling and monstrous and utterly brilliant.' Ophelia S.

Biographical Notes

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.

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