THE DARK LADY
Claremont debuts with an intensely emotional, powerful novel that explores the darkest corners of Victorian society. With the first in the Mad Passions trilogy, Claremont establishes herself as a force in the genre — to be kept on readers’ shelves alongside Anne Stuart, Anna Campbell and Jennifer Ashley. That lush darkness, like a black widow spider, lures you in until it’s too late to turn back.
Lord Ian Blake returns from India haunted by what he has seen and done, prepared to tell his childhood friend, Eva Carin, that her husband is dead. He’s stunned to learn that Eva has been committed to an asylum — mad since her young son’s death. Eva has found it easier to live in an opium stupor than to face her loss. She never expects to be rescued by her one-time friend, the boy she once loved. Ian fights to free Eva, making a powerful and ruthless enemy. They must run for their lives, pursued by evil, while Ian tries to release Eva from the lure of the opium. No longer sure of who she is, Eva places her trust in Ian, who holds his own demons at bay. (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Feb., 336 pp., $7.99)