1819 and Charles and Melanie Fraser's life in London is shattered when their son disappears. Suddenly their marriage, their family, the past as they understand it is at stake and nothing is quite what they once thought it was...
This is a fun romp rather than anything more serious which seems to adopt and adapt key themes, motifs and the occasional phrase from Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond series. I don't want to spoil the plot for anyone so won't give away details but it's fun spotting the references (unacknowledged).
This is a first novel and certainly the beginning feels a little strained with far too many forced similes and rather lurid descriptions (a woman is described, for example, as an "aquamarine-eyed vision") but the plot never flags and the niggling annoyances fell away later.
This is an easy read, perfect for switching off your brain.
"In the glittering world of Regency London, Mélanie Fraser is the perfect wife. But just as the elegant façade of the beau monde hides a dark side, Mélanie is not what she seems. She has a secret: one that could destroy her perfect jewel-box life forever..."
Apparently this is a re-release of `Daughter of the Game' and includes new epilogue and fifteen new pages of letters between the characters. So be warned - this isn't something new.