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.
Jane Heatherington is haunted
by the bloated body of a dead woman found on the shore. She cannot shake the image from her mind, even when
her father pays off his debt to Aidan Warrick by forcing her to work as
an indentured servant at Trevisham House, Aidan's estate.
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)