This is truly an amazing work of Gothic mystery/literary fiction. Beginning with the discovered confession of the
protagonist, Edward Glyver, a tale of obsession in extreme unfolds over a narrative that incorporates facts, fiction and bibliophilic references to peak the interests of all readers, and numerous footnotes to promote a sense of authenticity.
It is not an easy book to review without the book sounding dull or pondering, but the plot is so well played out that it is difficult to give too many details without giving too much away. Anyway, it is great fun to read for the mystery and for fans of well done literature. It is one of the best I have read in a while. The social aspects of the depictions of 1850s London and surrounding areas are realistic of the era, and are a story in their own right. They also add another dimension to a well conceived and executed storyline.
Rating: 5 stars