London’s East End, 1888: When darkness falls, terror begins…
The foggy streets of London’s Whitechapel district have become a nocturnal hunting ground for Jack the Ripper, and no woman is safe. Flower girl Constance Piper is not immune to dread, but she is more preoccupied with her own strange experiences of late.
Clairvoyants seem to be everywhere these days. Constance’s mother has found comfort in contacting her late father in a séance. But are such powers real? And could Constance really be possessed of second sight? She longs for the wise counsel of her mentor and champion of the poor, Emily Tindall, but the kind missionary has gone missing.
Following the latest grisly discovery, Constance is contacted by a high-born lady of means who fears the victim may be her missing sister. She implores Constance to use her clairvoyance to help solve the crime, which the press is calling “the Whitechapel Mystery,” attributing the murder to the Ripper.
As Constance becomes embroiled in intrigue far more sinister than she could have imagined, assistance comes in a startling manner that profoundly challenges her assumptions about the nature of reality. She’ll need all the help she can get—because there may be more than one depraved killer out there…
Praise for Tessa Harris
The Sixth Victim
“The Sixth Victim is an imaginative take on the murders perpetrated by Jack the Ripper in the murky backstreets of Victorian London. Highly atmospheric, impeccably-researched, and with a supernatural twist, the novel is also about sisters and friendship, class and loyalty.”
—Jane Harris, author of The Observations and Gillespie and 1
The Lazarus Curse
“Stellar . . . Harris’s prose and characterizations have only become more assured.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Harris successfully balances history, homicide, sorcery and social justice in her idealistic hero’s fourth case.” —Kirkus Reviews
The Devil’s Breath
“Excellent . . . Both literally and figuratively atmospheric, this will appeal to fans of Imogen Robertson’s series during the same period.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The Dead Shall Not Rest
“Populated with real historical characters and admirably researched, Harris’s novel features a complex and engrossing plot. A touch of romance makes this sophomore outing even more enticing. Savvy readers will also recall Hilary Mantel’s The Giant, O’Brien.” —Library Journal
The Anatomist’s Apprentice
“Densely plotted . . . We await—indeed, demand—the sequel.” —The New York Times Book Review