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The Theatre of Glass and Shadows by Anne Corlett


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When I first started to read this book I found it exciting and fascinating.


I love immersive theatre & the setting was interesting as the story was set up in an alternative London.


It is a mysterious world that Anne Corlett has set up, which did indeed contain many mysteries with a complex plot and large cast of characters. I was hooked, but ultimately I found it was just a little too long and confusing with a very rapid ending.


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Sometimes the greatest spectacle hides the darkest secrets . . .


In an alternate London, the city's Theatre District is a walled area south of the river where an immersive production - the Show - has been running for centuries, growing ever bigger, more sprawling and lavish. The Show is open to anyone who can afford a ticket but the District itself is a closed world; even the police have no jurisdiction within its walls.


Juliet's mother died when she was a baby. Brought up by her emotionally distant father and even more distant stepmother, she has never felt wanted. It's only when her father passes away that Juliet - now nineteen - learns her birth was registered in the District. Desperate to belong somewhere at last, she travels to London where she hopes to unearth the truth about her identity, her mother's death and her father's years of silence - and claim her birthright.


But in the District, there is only one central truth: the Show must go on. And in a world where illusions abound, and powerful men control the narrative, Juliet has no idea of just how far some will go to ensure certain stories are never told . .


The novel will be published on 23 May, thank you Black & White Publishing & NetGalley for my ARC of this intriguing novel.


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