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The House on Vesper Sands

(2018)
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Named an Indie Next Pick, Library Reads Pick, Apple Books' Best Book, Powells’s Pick, Amazon Fiction & Literature's “Best of the Month," and one of Oprah Daily's Best Historical Novels of 2021

"Funny, eerie, tender, haunting and unsettling, smokily atmospheric, and fantastically enjoyable." —Helen MacDonald, author of Vesper Flights

London, 1893: high up in a house on a dark, snowy night, a lone seamstress stands by a window. So begins the swirling, serpentine world of Paraic O’Donnell’s Victorian-inspired mystery, the story of a city cloaked in shadow, but burning with questions: why does the seamstress jump from the window? Why is a cryptic message stitched into her skin? And how is she connected to a rash of missing girls, all of whom seem to have disappeared under similar circumstances?

On the case is Inspector Cutter, a detective as sharp and committed to his work as he is wryly hilarious. Gideon Bliss, a Cambridge dropout in love with one of the missing girls, stumbles into a role as Cutter’s sidekick. And clever young journalist Octavia Hillingdon sees the case as a chance to tell a story that matters—despite her employer’s preference that she stick to a women’s society column. As Inspector Cutter peels back the mystery layer by layer, he leads them all, at last, to the secrets that lie hidden at the house on Vesper Sands.

By turns smart, surprising, and impossible to put down, The House on Vesper Sands offers a glimpse into the strange undertow of late nineteenth-century London and the secrets we all hold inside us.

Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"Clever and funny and exquisitely disturbing, an utter joy." - Joanna Cannon

"I'm not completely sure what the word 'rollicking' means, but I can personally guarantee that The House on Vesper Sands is a rollicking good read. For a novel about grief, estrangement, and the literal stealing of vulnerable young women's souls, this book is a lot more fun than it has any right to be. Paraic O'Donnell's sheer love of his characters is exuberant and infectious; the dialogue crackles with verve and wit, and the plotting is as intricately satisfying as a heavy pocket watch. The setting may be Victorian , but in modern parlance this novel is an absolute banger." - Jon McGregor

"Like the love child of Dickens and Conan Doyle, but funnier than both." - Liz Nugent

"The most vivid and compelling portrait of late Victorian London since The Crimson Petal and the White." - Sarah Perry


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July 2021 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
Author(s): Paraic O'Donnell
ISBN: 1-4328-8809-9 / 978-1-4328-8809-1 (USA edition)
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January 2021 : USA Hardback
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October 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
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May 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
Author(s): Paraic O'Donnell
ISBN: 1-4746-0104-9 / 978-1-4746-0104-7 (UK edition)
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October 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
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ISBN: 1-4746-0040-9 / 978-1-4746-0040-8 (UK edition)
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March 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
Author(s): Paraic O'Donnell
ISBN: 1-66517-397-1 / 978-1-66517-397-1 (USA edition)
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January 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
Author(s): Paraic O'Donnell
ISBN: 1-69660-443-5 / 978-1-69660-443-7 (USA edition)
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January 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands Lib/E
Author(s): Paraic O'Donnell
ISBN: 1-66517-396-3 / 978-1-66517-396-4 (USA edition)
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January 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
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January 2021 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
Author(s): Paraic O'Donnell
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November 2018 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The House On Vesper Sands
Author(s): Paraic O'Donnell
ISBN: 1-78771-093-9 / 978-1-78771-093-1 (UK edition)
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November 2018 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The House On Vesper Sands
Author(s): Paraic O'Donnell
ISBN: 1-78771-129-3 / 978-1-78771-129-7 (UK edition)
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October 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
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October 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
Author(s): Paraic O'Donnell
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
Author(s): Paraic O'Donnell
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January 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
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October 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The House on Vesper Sands
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Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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