My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
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This book is based on the story of the Aegolius Club that was a British clubmen known by its secretive nature.
The plot tells the story of James Norbury. After their parents’ death in Yorkshire, James and his sister Charlotte moved into a small cottage with their aunt, Mrs. Chickering.
Once James is sent away to school in Oxford, he starts to dream to become a poet. There he will meet Christopher Paige who will play a dramatic role in James’ life.
When both friends moved to London, James and Christopher shared a room and James managed to write a play. Christopher then had the idea to submit the manuscript to Oscar Wilde.
At this point, the plot will take another turn and Charlotte will try to find her missing brother in the middle of intrigue and mystery, which follows in every Victorian London story.
Another important character that should be mentioned is the macabre Dr. Knife.
Even if this book is too long, sometimes we wonder how the plot takes a too long course to be developed.
The story is fast-paced and we learn some intriguing facts concerning the Aegolious club. Among its members, we may find Charles Atwood, Edmund Bier and Eustace Paige. Older members are sometimes referred to as “owl men”. Since 1830, the club’s address has been Ormond Yard, off St. James Square.
The title refers also as the known as “the revenant” – a visible ghost or animated corpse that was believed to return from the grave to terrorize the living.
A very promising book, as the debut novel by Laura Owen.