The Pierced Heart

By Lynn Shepherd

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A dark and chilling Gothic crime story, set in Victorian England, and inspired by Bram Stoker's classic.

"Captures some of the best passages and elements of Dracula, while at the same time creating a thrilling and absorbing crime novel”, The Dracula Society.

"Another tour de force with a striking finale from Shepherd," Kirkus (starred review).

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  • The Dracula Society
    Captures some of the best passages and elements of Dracula, while at the same time creating a thrilling and absorbing crime novel.
  • Kirkus (starred review)
    Another tour de force with a striking finale from Shepherd.
  • Lancashire Evening Post
    Shepherd has become a mistress of literary conceit, nodding her head at the classics but conjuring up her own magic with tantalising tales that revisit well-trodden themes and territories but bravely venture down extravagant and fanciful new avenues....The Pierced Heart is a clever and seductive pastiche of genres – horror, mystery, history and crime – the author mercilessly toying with our expectations as the plot gains momentum and builds to an electrifying and stunning dénouement. A stylish and gripping Gothic revival
  • Crimetime
    For many readers, Lynn Shepherd's tales of the Victorian detective Charles Maddox are among the most rewarding in the genre... This artful romp is a delight from beginning to end
  • Historical Novel Society
    Compulsively readable, suspenseful, and dark. ... I certainly highly recommend this book

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