The Gilded Ones
by Brooke Fieldhouse
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Pub Date 16 Jun 2018 | Archive Date 19 Mar 2019
Troubador Publishing Limited, Matador
One hot day in 1984, intuitive designer Pulse attends two job interviews. The first is with a busy mainstream company. The second is with an apparently deserted practice located in an old London house owned by Patrick Lloyd-Lewis whose wife, Freia has recently died in unexplained circumstances.
Realising that he had dreamt of Freia’s death the previous night and feeling compelled to solve the riddle of Freia’s death, Pulse accepts Patrick’s offer of a job. Delving into Patrick’s personal life, Pulse discovers that he is under suspicion from those closest to him. When a link emerges between Patrick, Freia and a gangster he had previously encountered in the North, will Patrick be proven responsible? And will Pulse find the killer before he strikes again?
Inspired by the work of Angela Carter and Anthony Burgess, The Gilded Ones is a gritty psychological crime drama with twists and turns that will have readers hooked. Driven by it’s characters, the novel is simultaneously humorous, unsettling and disturbingly gothic.
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Thank you NetGalley and Matador for the eARC.
It's 1984 and Pulse, a designer, attends a job interview that goes well. On his way home, though, he sees an ad for a job opportunity with Patrick Loyd-Lewis, a designer he has long admired. He immediately goes to the practice at Patrick's London house and accepts the job offer.
Oddly enough, he had a disturbing dream about Patrick's late wife, Freya, and his intuition tells him Patrick, an odious, manipulative character, was responsible for her death. He's determined to solve her murder and ends up getting uneasily involved with the staff and family in the eerie home. He risks his life rooting out signs of the suspected murder, experiencing nightmarish scenarios that include secretly collecting evidence at the office of a sociopathic gangster.
This is a well-written book, it made me smile at times; the menace exuded by Patrick, the house and the family created an ominous atmosphere that kept me intrigued. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Pulse's mum. There were times, however, that I felt confused, which is why I give the book 3.5 stars.
Now, the mystery and suspense in this book is enough to make you sit at the edge of your seat. One thing is certain, I'm a coward and not even my intuition would push me towards taking up a job to investigate my hunch on a murder, but this one right here, is just an awesome read. I bet it'd make a great movie or a short indie film.
Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.
Thankyou to NetGalley, Troubador Publishing Limited, Matador, and the author Brooke Fieldhouse for the opportunity to read the novel The Guilded Ones in exchange for an honest review.
I found this book to be an intriguing read. The plot was well established and keeps the reader entertained.
Well worth a read for fans of the genre.