By Gerri Brightwell
London, 1893. aged Mrs. Bentley is on her deathbed, and her son Robert has back from France. yet within the Bentleys’ well-appointed domestic, every body has their secrets and techniques, together with Robert’s attractive 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 picking out criminals by way of physique measurements. but quickly he's stuck up within the deceptions swirling round him, for nobody below his roof is sort of what they appear. while an outsider enters the home and ransacks the research, a series of occasions is decided in movement that threatens not just the genteel, cozy lifestyles the Bentleys have controlled to safe but in addition their very survival.A attention-grabbing 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 periods makes for a suspenseful novel of fallacious identities, fascinating ladies, and hazardous deceptions.
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How is Mrs. ” Price comes close. “She took half a cup of broth. ” 39 Gerri Brightwell Mina opens the curtain a little and looks down at her mother-inlaw asleep with her dry lips slightly parted and her grey hair spilled around her face. “In my opinion she looks much the same. ” “Oh yes, ma’am,” says Price. “But we can hope—and we can pray. The Lord can work miracles and we should appeal to Him for Mrs. ” She reaches down and tucks the sheet more snugly around her mistress’s shoulders. Mina lets the edge of the curtain drop.
It happens this way every time: her instructions countered, her warnings to Price that the doctor holds out little hope ignored. This woman is like a gnat, always too close, her thin voice whining, relentlessly stinging as though it’s part of her nature. ” She walks to the middle of the carpet. “I meant Jane. ” “You must excuse me,” says Price, “but this room has always been the work of the ﬁrst housemaid, on the speciﬁc instructions of Mrs. Bentley. ” She knots her hands together. They look pale and blind, like strange sea creatures.
Or will she have been taken away to the police station? When the butcher’s boy came with the meat, the policeman set to 47 Gerri Brightwell watch her glared at him, then stared from Jane to the boy as though to gauge if there was some secret communication between them. Now there has been no knock at the door for so long that he’s getting bored, she can see it. He has started to ﬁdget. So, she thinks, let him ﬁdget. All she did was answer the door. It was Mr. Cartwright’s job. Or Sarah’s. As luck would have it, they were both out.
The Dark Lantern: A Novel by Gerri Brightwell