As a last resort, Darcie Finch asks her sister, a London brothel madam, for employment. She sends Darcie to work for Dr. Damien Cole, with a warning to never question his work or anything she sees or hears.
Darcie does not heed the advice. She notices that strange men arrive after dark and that the servants are silent, and she often witnesses a blood-spattered Damien leaving his laboratory. When she spies one of Damien's anatomy drawings, she cannot resist adding to his sketch.
Damien needs someone with Darcie's artistic skills working with him. As she becomes involved in his work, she begins to fall in love with him. Then Darcie hears gruesome stories about women being murdered in Whitechapel, their body parts removed. Could the sketches she's been working on connect Damien to the murders? Is the man she loves a determined doctor or a demented killer?
Silver debuts with a gripping gothic that combines the tension of the Jack the Ripper stories with the dark aura of Jekyll and Hyde and the chill of a classic horror film. There's icy fear and smoldering passion, twists and turns and red herrings thrown in here and there to keep you up all night. SENSUAL (Nov., 352 pp., $3.99)