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!
Contains lovely lyrical writing . . . and a heady romance at its heart
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
Splendidly diverting . . . Spirited and highly readable
The darkest corners of Georgian London are gleefully drawn in this brilliant story
A delightful romp. I can't wait to see what Carlin writes next
Laura Carlin earns every single comparison to Sarah Waters she's going to get. It's a sterling, historical, dark, twisty novel
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
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.
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
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
You can almost taste the gin and the soot . . . but we reckon you'll be enjoying it too much to care