‘My little sister. Cover your arms. Do not show the world your bruises. At night, blow out your candle, keep your eyes closed. Tell yourself: the dead do not walk. They cannot love, and they cannot hate. You must be strong.’
The year is 1792 and winter hangs heavy in Berkeley Square. As the city sleeps, the night-watchman keeps a cautious eye over the streets and another eye in the back doors of the great and the good. Then one fateful night he comes across the body of Pierre Renard, the eponymous silversmith, lying dead, his throat cut and his valuables missing. It could be common theft, committed by one of the many villains who stalk the square, but as news of the murder spreads, it soon becomes clear that Renard had more than a few enemies, all with their own secrets to hide.
At the centre of this web is Mary, the silversmith’s wife. Ostensibly theirs was an excellent pairing, but behind closed doors their relationship was a dark and at times sadistic one and when we meet her, Mary is withdrawn and weak, haunted by her past and near-mad with guilt. Will she attain the redemption she seeks and what, exactly, does she need redemption for…? Rich, intricate and beautifully told, this is a story of murder, love and buried secrets.
Praise for The Silversmith’s Wife:
‘A dense, intricate historical thriller in the tradition of Hilary Mantel.’ – Sophie Hannah
‘A sophisticated study of character as much as a crime thriller…it pulls the reader into its vivid re-creation of Georgian London.’ – Nick Rennison in BBC History Magazine
‘A self-assured, page-turning debut which leaves you guessing until the last – a great read.’ – Daily Mail
‘An enthralling read.’ – Country Life
‘A novel that depends as much on its depiction of character as its evocation of place and time as on the unravelling of a mystery’. – Sunday Times
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