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The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O'Donnell
Named an Indie Next Pick, Library Reads Pick, Apple Books' Best Book, Powells’s Pick, Amazon Fiction & Literature's “Best of the Month," and one of Oprah Daily's Best Historical Novels of 2021
"Funny, eerie, tender, haunting and unsettling, smokily atmospheric, and fantastically enjoyable." —Helen MacDonald, author of Vesper Flights
London, 1893: high up in a house on a dark, snowy night, a lone seamstress stands by a window. So begins the swirling, serpentine world of Paraic O’Donnell’s Victorian-inspired mystery, the story of a city cloaked in shadow, but burning with questions: why does the seamstress jump from the window? Why is a cryptic message stitched into her skin? And how is she connected to a rash of missing girls, all of whom seem to have disappeared under similar circumstances?
On the case is Inspector Cutter, a detective as sharp and committed to his work as he is wryly hilarious. Gideon Bliss, a Cambridge dropout in love with one of the missing girls, stumbles into a role as Cutter’s sidekick. And clever young journalist Octavia Hillingdon sees the case as a chance to tell a story that matters—despite her employer’s preference that she stick to a women’s society column. As Inspector Cutter peels back the mystery layer by layer, he leads them all, at last, to the secrets that lie hidden at the house on Vesper Sands.
By turns smart, surprising, and impossible to put down, The House on Vesper Sands offers a glimpse into the strange undertow of late nineteenth-century London and the secrets we all hold inside us.
Daytime Book Club 2021 Book List
January - When We Believed Mermaids by Barbara O'Neal
February - Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
March - Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
April - Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton
May - The Princess Spy by Larry Loftiss
June - Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
July - The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O'Donnell
August - Gilead by Marianne Robinson
September - Midnight Library by Matt Haig
October - When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin
November - One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
December - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald