With her ability to create the perfect chilling atmosphere, a dark, tormented hero and an intrepid heroine, Silver rises to the ranks of Victoria Holt and Daphne du Maurier with her latest. This author is on a hot streak, providing a new gothic voice that infuses the traditions of the genre with updated twists and sizzling sensuality.
Everything about Aidan is an enigma. He looks like a fallen angel, but rumors claim that he's the devil spawn. Jane is treated more like a pampered guest than a servant, and though Aidan disappears each night and hides secrets about his work, she senses that she can trust him, her only companion. But suddenly new dangers arise, and a retaliation for past crimes points to Aidan as less than a hero. Jane wonders if she's fallen in love with a villain or savior. (Zebra, Aug., 304 pp., $5.99)