THE SHADOW DANCERS OF BRIXTON HILL
Just a quick little review about a book I read yesterday, The Shadow Dancers of Brixton Hill by Nicole Wilson.
The year is 1937 and Kate Montgomery, in a bid to impress her father, owner of Montgomery's Marvel's, a family owned circus in Baltimore, is sent to Brixton Hill in Virginia to assess whether a new act would be suitable for their circus.
She soon finds herself at Lewis Oswald's circus training camp with the promise of observing the most original act in years, The Shadow Dancers, Camilla, Abigail & Rose.
I enjoyed Nicole Wilson's first novella. Set in the world of circus performers, it put me in mind of Todd Browning's 1930's classic Freaks, which is a film I still find inherently horrifying.
Nicole Wilson skilfully weaves a tale of mounting tension until the story reaches its climactic ending. There's quite a focussed set of characters, with Lewis Oswald being quite slimy and controlling of the girls.
In her eagerness to prove herself, Kate regularly ignores the warning signs that everything is not as it seems and attempts to mother the girls that she witnesses experiencing harsh treatment at the hands of Oswald.
This is a cracking little novella with an original premise, and that ending....
In addition to that there is an additional little story at the end of the novella called Angels with Broken wings. I enjoyed this bonus story that revolves around a deadly family picnic.