Stephanie Elmas
Author of Illusion and The Room Beyond
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Reviews - Illusion

"The much awaited prequel to The Room Beyond is everything I was expecting and more. Elmas stays in the nineteenth century this time and recreates the sordid but fabulous and intriguing world of London's East End with aplomb. Walter is a young man this time and we watch his escapades with best friend Tom Winter unravel with seemingly disastrous results."

"Another excellent offering from Stephanie Elmas. She has the ability to go from light to darkest dark instantly. Walter is spectacular and I hope there is a further book about him. Sally is lovely as is the bizarre presence of Sinbad the panther."

"Elmas spins a beautiful yarn of magical spells in her new Victorian thriller. Her central figure Walter is a mysterious character, dumped at a workhouse as a child and blessed from birth to create fabulous illusions. His unfortunate friend, Tom Winter, is swept up along the way. Is it to Tom’s advantage or disadvantage that his journeys with Walter bring him into contact with a society beauty? Between them, can they make Tamara disappear from her repulsive fiancé? Elmas recreates the dark but fascinating alleys and thoroughfares of Victorian London with great skill and this one kept me riveted all the way through!"

"What an amazing read. This had me gripped from the very beginning and I didn't want to put it down. Unexpected twists throughout and a wonderful portrayal of characters. Style of writing is brilliant - I felt like I was there - and I now want to be Walter's friend :) Can't wait to see what he does next - please don't make us wait too long for the next one!"

Reviews - The Room Beyond

"What I really wasn't expecting of this book - and it was an absolute delight - was the darkness it developed. This is far from a gentle historic ramble - there are real shocks, evil, ugliness and a touch of the supernatural that made it a really different and fascinating read. It's a very clever recreation of Victorian sensation writing at its very best - the best of gothic and romance brought uncomfortably into a domestic setting."

"I was caught up in this book from the very beginning. From the moment Serena first saw the house and met the Hartreve family I knew there was something more to their story and the story of the 'missing' house."

"It is not easy to find a book that is easy to read whilst also being intelligent and original but this first novel combines all these elements. It brought me into a world of beautiful imagery with pace and a story line that kept me questioning events until the very end. The characters draw you into a world that is vivid and so gripping and I hope so much that there will be more to come from an author who clearly lives and breathes for the story she creates. It was magical.

"This book is beautifully written, and weaves between the past and present effortlessly. I already miss the characters, and I'm hoping to get to read more about them soon."

"The author has a real knack for character and writes with authority both on the past and in the present day. It's a page turner from the start, raising intriguing questions from the very first page that keep you reading in search of answers. I particularly liked the way that the author manages to juxtapose a playful humour in her storytelling with elements of genuinely ghoulish horror"

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