Day 5 of 2022 and I have finished my first book (no one needs to know I started it mid December though! Our secret!)!
I have been a fan of Purcell’s since I was loaned a copy of The Silent Companions back in 2017 and that was the second book to ever give me nightmares! So needless to say, I knew all the titles that would follow would come with an eery plot! And The Shape of Darkness didn’t fail!
The twists and turns in this book were incredible! I have to admit that as much as I liked reading Bone China, it felt as if Purcell had been in a rush to finish it in order to go on to a new idea (the same sort of feeling I get with some Stephen King novels) and felt like she had grown bored of her characters, so the final chapter left me a little deflated somehow, but this was the opposite! For me, it was as if she was back launching herself high above her original standard. I loved every second of her latest title!
Admittedly it took me longer that I would have liked to get though this book and I have Covid-19 to thank for that, but once I had hit the half way point I was off! I read obsessively in the nights in bed until my eyes were gritty and I was half asleep!
The plot is a woman believes her clients are being murdered and seeks guidance from a young spirit medium, with the added stress of looking after her young nephew and elderly mother as well as her own health being vulnerable. But all is not as it seems and this is where it becomes incredibly interesting!
I thought that maybe Constance was alive after all and taunting Agnes, and I also thought that it was Montague at one point and bounced between these two theories for such a long time! There were two incredible plot twists at the end and I couldn’t believe what I had read! It took me re-reading the final pages three times to let it sink in-and I still have so many questions!
Honestly The Colour of Darkness is worth the read! I wasn’t sure if I found it difficult at first because of being unwell and tired or because it’s a historical fiction or even both, but I’m so glad I stuck with it because it shows that Purcell is still hitting the mark with her plots and characters!
About The Author
Laura Purcell is a former bookseller living in Colchester, Essex with her husband and pet guinea pigs. She began her career with two historical novels about the Hanoverian monarchs, Queen of Bedlam and Mistress of the Court.
Her first Gothic novel The Silent Companions was a Radio 2 Book Club pick, was selected for the Zoe Ball ITV Book Club and was the winner of the Thumping Good Read Award. Her other Gothic titles include The Corset, Bone China and The Shape of Darkness.
In the USA Laura is published by Penguin Books, where The Corset is titled The Poison Thread and Bone China is called The House of Whispers-Which led me to get overly excited thinking there were two more books of hers I had yet to read! Her new title Something Wicked is due for release in August 2022 and available to pre-order now.