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A Fatal Likeness by Lynn Shepherd
Aug 20, 2013 | ISBN 9780345538673
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    Aug 20, 2013 | ISBN 9780345538673

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“[Lynn Shepherd] takes the familiar story of the Shelley family and fills in the holes in the historical record by turning it into a clever, imaginative and literate mystery.”Kirkus Reviews
“Unforgettably chilling, A Fatal Likeness will haunt you long after you finish the last page.”New York Times bestselling author Tasha Alexander
“Maddox’s brooding character and Shepherd’s own voice . . . are both enthralling.”Booklist
“Charged with passion, betrayals and conspiracies, [A Fatal Likeness] more than restores Shelley’s darker side, yet it is Mary you won’t be able to forget.”Bloomberg

“Shepherd shines again in this superb Victorian thriller. . . . The novel works equally as a family story, a blend of horror and mystery, and a plausible hypothesis about why so many women and children associated with Shelley died mysterious deaths.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“As a piece of literary detective work, it’s stimulating and hugely fun—even brilliant.”—The Spectator
“A potent mixture of passion, intrigue, perversion, and betrayal, exploring the lives of Shelley, Byron, and their Romantic intimates through a Gothic lens.”—Lyndsay Faye, author of The Gods of Gotham
“A wonderfully ingenious novel: perceptive, gripping, and fascinating.”—Miranda Seymour, author of Mary Shelley
“Shepherd sets a new standard of brilliance in historical fiction with A Fatal Likeness. Her summoning of dead souls—Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, and their most intimate circle—is so psychologically penetrating, it feels like truth. Exquisitely rendered in Shepherd’s pitch-perfect prose, this tale will haunt the reader long after its close.”—Stephanie Barron, author of Jane and the Canterbury Tale
“A literary thriller that weaves back and forth in time and gives some plausible answers to certain genuine biographical mysteries . . . [The novel’s] conclusion has haunted me ever since I finished the book. But if you want to know what it is, you’ll have to read it yourself.”—The Independent
“Polished, smart, and fun, A Fatal Likeness is a gothic mystery that goes down swift and smooth, though there’s also the satisfyingly imaginative ‘what if?’ speculation for fans of the sexiest Romantics.”—Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist

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