The Fourteenth Letter
The page-turning new thriller filled with a labyrinth of secrets
by Claire Evans
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 21 Sep 2017 | Archive Date 14 Sep 2017
Little, Brown Book Group UK, Sphere
'Exuberant plotting and witty prose. Great fun.'
Phoebe Stanbury was killed in the summer of secrets...
One balmy June evening in 1881, Phoebe Stanbury stands before the guests at her engagement party: this is her moment, when she will join the renowned Raycraft family and ascend to polite society.
As she takes her fiancé's hand, a stranger holding a knife steps forward and ends the poor girl's life. Amid the chaos, he turns to her aristocratic groom and mouths: 'I promised I would save you.'
The following morning, just a few miles away, timid young legal clerk William Lamb meets a reclusive client. He finds the old man terrified and in desperate need of aid: William must keep safe a small casket of yellowing papers, and deliver an enigmatic message: The Finder knows.
With its labyrinth of unfolding mysteries, Claire Evans' riveting debut will be adored by fans of Kate Mosse, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Jessie Burton.
'A darkly brilliant romp packed with intrigue and romance . . . curl up and prepare to become immersed'
'Claire Evans has created a cast of deliciously sinister and mysterious characters. A hugely satisfying read'
'I stayed up far too late reading this night after night. IT WILL GET YOU HOOKED'
'A brilliantly plotted, unpredictable page-turner that builds to a devastating conclusion'
Jack Williams, co-creator of The Missing and Rellik
'Claire Evans's debut novel is exciting, ingenious'
Good Reading Magazine
'Will keep you guessing'
Crime Fiction Lover
'The Fourteenth Letter is well researched, well plotted, well written and a jolly good read'
Promoting Crime Fiction blog
'A delicious and surprising debut novel. Thrilling'
Love It Magazine
'Builds to a shattering conclusion - it will repay your patience over and again. this is a superb story, well worth the read'
'A truly thrilling read, and I will be looking out for this author's next book. Highly recommended'
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 13 members
This review is based on a requested review copy via NetGalley This was the first book I have read from this author but I will certainly be coming back for more. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it. The characters and settings are well fleshed out and give you a real sense of the version of London city which the book is set in. The story is set in a steampunk type Victorian London and holds plenty of appeal. The mystery, once revealed, is strong and at various points I just could not put the book down. One small note of caution is the start of the book is very slow and takes a few chapters to get in to. This is due to the introduction of all the characters you will be following and doesn't give away much of what the rest of the book entails. Stick with it and you will be rewarded with an intriguing story. Overall I would give this book an A-, the slow start may put some off but it is certainly worth reading and will provide plenty of enjoyment.