The Bone Flower
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From the publisher
A deliciously Gothic ghost story, for fans of Susan Hill and Andrew Michael Hurley, by Polari-prize shortlisted writer Charles Lambert.
On a November evening in Victorian London, the moneyed but listless Edward Monteith stokes the fire at his local gentlemen’s club, listening to stories of supernatural experiences and theories of life after death.
His curiosity leads him to a séance, where he falls under the spell of a beautiful flower seller. But Victorian society does not look kindly on love between a gentleman of means and a Romani girl, and when he faces being cut off by his family, Edward makes a decision with horrifying consequences.
Two years later Edward is married and anticipating the birth of his first child, in a beautiful house surrounded by orange trees. But the wrongs of the past are not so easily forgotten, and the boundary between the living and the dead begins to thin…
‘Dark secrets, forbidden love and a haunting mystery. Written with style and wit, this book is a new classic’ A.J West, author of The Spirit Engineer
‘Vivid, atmospheric and utterly compelling. The Bone Flower satisfies all the demands of a classic ghost story but also pushes it in unusual ways, showing how misogyny and colonialism lurk in the shadows. Charles Lambert walks a subtle, perfect line between genuine horror and macabre beauty’ Bridget Collins, author of The Binding
‘A classy ghost story, with just the right amount of atmosphere and subtle scares… If you enjoy Victorian London, ghost stories, or Gothic mysteries, I highly recommend you add this to your reading list’ San Francisco Book Review
‘Perfect for anyone in the mood for something masterfully spooky’ Washington Independent Review of Books
‘An exquisitely eerie and sophisticated Victorian ghost story, with echoes of Poe and M. R. James’ Essie Fox, author of The Somnambulist