The Somnambulist by Essie Fox

About the book

When seventeen-year-old Phoebe Turner visits Wilton’s Music Hall to watch her Aunt Cissy performing on stage, she risks the wrath of her mother Maud who marches with the Hallelujah Army, campaigning for all London theatres to close. While there, Phoebe is drawn to a stranger, the enigmatic Nathaniel Samuels, who heralds dramatic changes in the lives of all three women. When offered the position of companion to Nathaniel’s reclusive wife, Phoebe leaves her life in London’s East End for Dinwood Court in Herefordshire – a house that may well be haunted and which holds the darkest of truths…

Reviewed by U3A1 Petersfield:

This novel is a Victorian melodrama, however we felt that the characters lacked substance. It has the makings of a good book but is not wholly sucessful. Some favourable comments about language but others had felt it used too many cliches.

Star rating: **

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