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By Gerri Brightwell

London, 1893. aged Mrs. Bentley is on her deathbed, and her son Robert has again from France. yet within the Bentleys’ well-appointed domestic, each person has their secrets and techniques, together with Robert’s appealing and elusive spouse, the orphan maid she hires from the rustic, and the mysterious younger lady who arrives, claiming to be the bride of Robert’s drowned brother.

Robert is instantly constructing a name in anthropometry, the nascent technological know-how of choosing criminals by way of physique measurements. but quickly he's stuck up within the deceptions swirling round him, for nobody lower than his roof is sort of what they appear. while an outsider enters the home and ransacks the research, a sequence of occasions is decided in movement that threatens not just the genteel, cozy existence the Bentleys have controlled to safe but in addition their very survival.

A interesting portrayal of a vanished England in addition to an unconventional secret, The darkish Lantern exposes the grand “upstairs” of a Victorian domestic and the darker underbelly of its servants’ quarters. The conflict among the sessions makes for a suspenseful novel of unsuitable identities, exciting girls, and unsafe deceptions.

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