Book Review: SEDUCED BY A STRANGER by Eve Silver

Series: Dark Gothic, #5
Publisher: Zebra
Released: September 9, 2009
Source: Purchased
Rating: ★★★★

With Just One Glance…

The vast, dense forest and murky lake that surround Cairncroft Abbey aren’t the only menacing elements that envelop the estate. For a dark history lies behind its walls—where secrets and evil still linger.

She Falls…

Catherine Weston arrives at Cairncroft Abbey to visit her childhood friend Madeline St. Aubyn whose health seems to deteriorate with each passing day. Even stranger, Madeline appears to grow more nervous whenever she is in the presence of her cousin, Gabriel. But Gabriel has quite a different effect on Catherine—stirring a longing deep within her.

Under His Dangerous Spell…

Gabriel St. Aubyn is haunted by the curse that has plagued his family for decades. Living with the constant torment that he too will succumb to it one day, he has resigned himself to a solitary existence. Yet when he meets Catherine, he cannot resist her company—or his growing desire for her. But when a young woman is found dead, Catherine cannot ignore the link between this horrific crime and Gabriel. Is he the tender, charismatic man she loves—or a sinister stranger waiting to make her his next victim?

I am not sure why, but I have decided to read Eve Silver’s Dark Gothic series backwards, starting with number five. I’ve had some of them on my TBR pile for nearly ten years. Time to jump in!

I love Gothic romances, this one being set in Regency England. Ooo, and it was dark. Gruesome even, with a sick and twisted killer on the loose. Catherine, the heroine, is summoned to Cairncroft Abbey to care for her ailing childhood friend, Madeline. Poor Catherine brought some very heavy emotional baggage with her. Madeline’s cousin, Gabriel, is lord of the manor, and the two have an uneasy relationship.  Catherine soon finds out that mysterious Gabriel is just as damaged as she, but that doesn’t stop her obsession with him.

I enjoyed this book very much. The writing was smart with sophisticated language, and I loved how everything came full-circle, from the unnerving opening scene to the exciting ending. Woven into the plot were many twists, surprising revelations, and red herrings that kept things interesting. What else to say, other than I’m looking forward to reading the previous books in this series. 4 stars!