I picked this up in a second hand book-sale in Norfolk one day and then it sat on the reading pile for a while! Once I picked it up – it was a good, if violent and rather bloodthirsty read. Hawkwood is a Bow Street Runner and, with an ex army background, quite the hard man – but with a good heart. His instinct for the crime is unerring and this makes this a light but very enjoyable read.
This reminds me of Wilkie Collins and that superb sense of Gothic horror created by the style of writing and what remains unsaid… Daniel, our main protagonist, has been raised as an invalid by his quietly efficient Mother but when the Doctor calls and takes both Daniel and his Mother into his care a whole new world opens up – for Daniel it seems as if he discovers life anew, for his Mother her own personal hell takes over.
Feels authentically Victorian, has a wonderful sense of menace and threat throughout and a superb growing sense of doom. Read it, but keep the lights on!