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‘A Treacherous Likeness’ by Lynn Shepherd

A Treacherous Likeness

This amazing book was released in hardback last week by Corsair.  It is the follow-up to Lynn Shepherd’s previous novel ‘Tom-All-Alone’s’, though as I discovered it’s not necessary to have read this book.  For me this was a brand new experience and it gave me the chance to discover yet another fantastic author.

‘A Treacherous Likeness’ is a work of fiction but it is actually based on fact.  It reconstructs events in the lives of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, his wife Mary who wrote ‘Frankenstein’, her step-sister Claire Clairmont and Lord Byron.  Lynn Shepherd has given her own fictional version of the Shelleys’ story with some possible answers to the mysteries that still persist all these years later.

It’s 1850 and young detective Charles Maddox has just taken on a new case.  His client happens to be the only surviving son of the long-dead poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.  Charles soon finds himself drawn into the bitter battle being waged over the poet’s literary legacy and along the way he discovers just how treacherous family can be.

I found ‘A Treacherous Likeness’ to be a very fascinating read and the further I got into it the more intriguing it became.  The research Lynn Shepherd has done for this book is admirable.  It’s certainly a very thought provoking story and it has you guessing about what might happen next.  There are some very shocking revelations throughout.  This is an historical and mystery read all in one.

I am very impressed at how this book has been arranged.  There is a nice author’s note at the very beginning followed by a family tree of The Shelleys and The Godwins, which came in very useful indeed.  The story itself is split into three parts.  At the back of the book there are a few pages in which Lynn Shepherd explains the facts and the fiction.  It really is best though that you read the whole story first before referring to these notes.

Now that I’ve read ‘A Treacherous Likeness’ it has left me wanting to know more.

I give this book 5 out of 5.



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