Sunday, 2 September 2012

REVIEWS OF THE SOMNAMBULIST BY ESSIE FOX



"A gutsy, page turning novel..a delightful heroine...larger than life Dickensian characters and a generous supply of plot twists and turns. A thumping good read."
Sally Zigmond: Historical Novels Review


"A tale of complicated thespian lives, old secrets and many a twist and turn...an absorbing read, well worth recommending."
The Bookseller

"Essie Fox transports us to the Victorian squalor of London's East End...with so many twists that you'll want to read it in one sitting."
Cosmopolitan Magazine



"A dark gem of a story, a vicious ruby, with real teeth. Much recommended."
Peggy Riley - Author of Amity and Sorrow



"I am currently reading The Somnambulist, a novel which I am enjoying so much that I was up at six this morning to relish it in the peace of my still sleeping household. It has taken me to new worlds, is riven with suspense, has made made my imagination wander, and my fingers itch to turn the last page."
Jojo Moyes



'Vividly Compelling. Dark and Dazzling.'
Katherine Webb


"Wonderful debut...Well written...Lively and believable characters...I found this book difficult to put down and look forward to more from this very promising author."
Yorkshire Gazette and Herald



"Recapturing the mystical eccentricity of Victorian time and place...I was totally drawn in."
Michelle Lovric




"Imagine an intoxicating narrative with more twists and turns than Downton Abbey (without the red flags) and flashes of M. R James, Sarah Waters and Wilkie Collins. That is what Essie Fox has achieved with her debut novel...a story that continues to haunt the reader long after the final page has been reached...an exciting, intelligent and compelling novel, and I can't wait for the next one. Glorious."
Catherine Pope: Victorian Secrets.


"A great gothic fruitcake...a good story, well told. Recommended."
Lloyd Shepherd




"A superb evocation of the classic Victorian gothic romantic thriller."
Peterborough Evening Times


'I loved the sense of place and atmosphere...full of twists and turns...it's plotted really well. Essie Fox has managed to capture a fantastic period in British History. Very evocative - it's brilliantly researched and very, very clever. Her descriptions are beautiful and vivid and full of colour and depth.'
Meera Syal, TV Book Club, 2012


"Hugely enjoyable yarn with twists galore."
Scott Pack


"A deeply unsettling read but one which ranks alongside the best in the Gothic literature genre."
Mildenhall Journal


'This book is begging to be turned into a TV mini-series...Ticks all the right boxes; historically accurate, a fascinating plot and words that paint a million pictures.'
New Books Magazine



'AN INTRIGUING AND UNUSUAL BOOK...THE HISTORICAL SETTING IS SUPERBLY WELL DONE, WITH A CREEPY FOGGY ATMOSPHERE, AND MORE TWISTS AND TURNS THAN A ROLLER COASTER.'

Kate Forsyth - Author of Bitter Greens, and The Wild Girl