I bought this on a whim upon realising Andrew Taylr was also the author of The American Boy, which I had read a few years previously. I'm a fan of gothic literature so was interested to read a modern take on the genre, set in an unconventional time period. I'll not recap the plot, but as a London resident I am familiar with the area where the real Bleeding Heart Square is, and that certainly helped with my visualisation. The story itself was really good, I enjoyed the characterisation of Lydia, I had thought from the outset I would dislike her as a protagonist but became very sympathetic to her plight. I also particularly enjoyed Taylor's recreation of the London 1937, the Blackshirts, the unemployment, the social unrest, the class divide all rang true and evoked the London of that time. Unlike some reviewers I did not find the first half slow, I thought the whole book ran along at quite a fast pace and I enjoyed switching between the views of Rory, Lydia and the other characters. I didn't give it a full 5 stars becuase I have to say I didn't enjoy the ending, in my mind the invisible reader of Mis Penhow's diaries did not ring true, logically they made sense, but did not really fit into the book as a whole. That said I think that is a personal preference and I would say that other people may disagree, and would throughly recommend this book to others. I will certainly be reading more Andrew Taylor as a result.