The Clockwork Girl
‘An atmospheric and constantly surprising thriller’ – THE SUNDAY TIMES
The bestselling novel shortlisted for the Gold and Historical CWA Daggers and the Fingerprint Awards, and nominated for the Dublin Literary Prize.
Paris 1750. In the midst of winter, as birds fall frozen from the sky, Madeleine, a new maid, arrives at the home of a celebrated clockmaker and his clever, unworldly daughter. But rumours are stirring that the clockmaker’s uncanny mechanical creations – bejewelled birds, silver spiders – are more than mere automata. That they might defy the laws of nature, perhaps even at the expense of the living.
Madeleine is hiding a dark past, and a dangerous purpose: to discover the truth of the clockmaker’s experiments and record his every move, in exchange for her own chance of freedom.
Meanwhile, in the streets, children are quietly disappearing. Madeleine comes to fear that she has stumbled upon a greater conspiracy. One which might reach to the heart of Versailles itself.
An intoxicating and darkly immersive story of obsession, illusion and the price of freedom.
‘A Gothic masterpiece’
‘Historical fiction with a fantastical twist, done with verve and skill’
‘An atmospheric and constantly surprising thriller’
THE SUNDAY TIMES
THE i PAPER
‘Kept me guessing until the end. An absolute masterpiece’
‘A deliciously dark historical novel of thrilling originality’
‘Spellbinding, gripping, immersive and deliciously gothic’
‘Evocative, chilling, compelling’
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The Setting & the Characters
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