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Floats The Dark Shadow

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  57 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Young American painter Theodora Faraday struggles to become an artist in Belle Époque Paris. She's tasted the champagne of success, illustrating poems for the Revenants, a group of poets led by her adored cousin, Averill. When children she knows vanish mysteriously, Theo confronts Inspecteur Michel Devaux who suspects the Revenants are involved. Theo refuses to believe the ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published August 2012 by BearCat Press
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Casee Marie
Sep 11, 2012 Casee Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, favorites, 2012
My full review on Literary Inklings

Weaving faultlessly through the streets of Paris under a cloud of heaviest darkness, Floats the Dark Shadow puts forth a daring, utterly unforgettable story of the fight between determined good and the most abhorrent evil. With an almost Dickensian theatricality that brings the world of 1890s Paris to astonishing life, author Yves Fey plunges fearlessly into the depth of her story, unveiling the heart of many memorable characters and evoking a suspense-filled e
Paulette Mahurin
Jan 05, 2013 Paulette Mahurin rated it it was amazing
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Yves Fey’s Floats the Dark Shadow is a very impressive read. This author knows how to write, and does a brilliant job of taking the reader through the streets of Paris, at a time when history was rich in the arts and literature, to connect us with accurate historical detail from the late 1890s; Oscar Wilde & Dreyfus’ imprisonment, the advent of women’s bloomers and bicycle riding, Zola William Butler Yates, Leo Taxil, etc.

The story involves three main characters; Theoroda Faraday, an Americ
Conda Douglas
Dec 23, 2012 Conda Douglas rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
If you love the Belle Epoch, you'll love this book. Yves Fey knows her history of Paris in that era. She brings it alive with every page. She recreated the world so well that I went to the internet several times to see if her main characters were also historical. With this historical backdrop is an excellent thriller of a tale, with a well-realized main character.

I'm looking forward to the next offering from Yves Fey, as the absinthe addicts looked forward to their next glass of the green demon
Michelle (True Book Addict)
Floats the Dark Shadow is a Gothic and sinister historical mystery set in Belle Epoque, Paris in the late 19th century. The author does an excellent job of bringing to life the sights and sounds of the time. It's easy to get lost in the story and actually feel like you're right of the characters. Even listening to this on audio, I found myself totally engrossed.

Once again, I must credit an author for allowing me to learn something new in history. For the murderer in this book, who is
Colleen Turner
Oct 22, 2014 Colleen Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Floats the Dark Shadow is a beautifully written story that is dark, disturbing and sensual as a tale of love and art against the backdrop of madness and murder. The portions told from the perspective of the killer, believing he is the reincarnation of Gilles de Rais, are beyond chilling and made me feel like I was actually within the mind of a madman. Following Theo and Inspector Devaux as they both try to uncover who is kidnapp
Anna Belfrage
Aug 13, 2014 Anna Belfrage rated it it was amazing
It must be an indication of just how engrossed I was by this book that I used my expired boarding pass to bookmark it as I got ready to disembark – I was reading on my Kindle.
How to start? How does one describe a book that so vividly paints another time, another place? Maybe we should start where it all takes place, Paris in the last few years of the 19th century. The city is a greenhouse of creativity – when has Paris not been that – and poets, painters, musicians, they all converge on the Fren
Posted first to Blog Critics as Book Review:' Floats the Dark Shadow' by Yves Fey.

Paris is known for its beauty and romance, heralded throughout the world. Yet as with all cities there is a dark and steamy underground, where those who are just a bit more self-indulgent lurk.

In Floats the Dark Shadow by Yves Fey, we are introduced to both the beauty and the darkness that encompasses the soul of the city of love. Beginning slowly and yet just coming to the attention to the authorities, children a
Nov 14, 2012 Darin rated it liked it
A winged cross, graveyards, occult practice, tarot cards, innards laying outside a dead body, brazen sexual acts, orgies, virgin blood for sacrifice, degrading of women, harmful practices that would affect one's life. These are just a small portion of things the reader will discover while reading Yves Fey's book: "Floats the Dark Shadow.”
Inspector Michel Devaux has spent much time dealing with crime and satanic activity. The killing of innocent people puts him on the path to find a killer that h
Brian Bowyer
Oct 24, 2013 Brian Bowyer rated it it was amazing
Set in Paris in 1897, Floats the Dark Shadow is a beautifully-written historical mystery. The novel’s heroine, an artist named Theodora, is drawn into the Parisian nightlife by her cousin Averill, a poet with whom she falls in love. Averill is a member of a group of writers called the Revenants, and he and his friends welcome Theo into their clique.

But someone is snatching children off the streets of Paris and killing them, and the Revenants fall under suspicion. Theo, convinced that the killer
Christoph Fischer
Jan 18, 2013 Christoph Fischer rated it really liked it
"Floats the Dark Shadow" by Yves Fey is a very skilful and impressive historic novel, set in Paris. It is clearly well researched and gives a very authentic feel of the city ( I have been) - not just in terms of architecture and clothes but in every aspect of the epoch: politics, transport, police work etc etc. The book describes the place and time very much like I would imagine them to have been and it certainly managed to raise my awareness of the times and its living conditions.

Thrown into th
Michael Llewellyn
Jun 06, 2013 Michael Llewellyn rated it really liked it
"Floats the Dark Shadow," Yves Fey's daringly corrupt historical novel, has a lot on its mind. Part mystery, part grand guignol, part travelogue, part theosophical debate of good vs. evil, part love story, it opens with a shocker and slows down only occasionally to let the reader catch his breath. Set in fin de siècle Paris, it follows American expat painter Theo Faraday and French detective Michel Devaux through a netherworld of depravity and decadence as heinous as it is skillfully rendered. O ...more
Oct 22, 2014 Darlene rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
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Floats the Dark Shadow by Yves Fey is set in Belle Epoque Paris in the 1890’s and the author vividly evokes all the sights and smells of this time in such a way that the reader feels they are walking the darkened streets themselves. This is a time filled with artists, poets, and writers and the author takes full advantage of this in the building of this story. Along with this is the seedier side of Paris full of dark magic and the occ
Oct 20, 2014 Lenora rated it it was amazing
Floats the Dark Shadow is sub-titled ‘A Mystery of Paris’ and that seems apt as Fey has captured the romance and the contradictions of that famous city so well. The novel is set during the supreme decadence of the Belle Époque, the late 1890’s, when Paris having survived the turmoil and bloodshed of the Commune era, stood on the cusp of the modern age.

Theodora Faraday is a young American artist and feminist, living in Montmartre. She spends her days framing Montmartre in oils and pastels as she
Every October I try to read something dark, creepy and mysterious, just my small way to celebrate Halloween. Figured this book would fit the bill perfectly. I knew going into this book that there were scenes of violence. Taking place in Paris in the 1890's this book was not a fast read, but rather one that I needed to really concentrate on. The days are dark in Paris, children are missing and being murdered. Yves Fey definitely knows her way around this city and time period, she told a chilly ta ...more
Nov 07, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
French gothic at it's finest! If you love Mary Shelly's Frankstein or Victor Hugo's Hunchback of Norte Dame, then this is a must read.
Kathleen Kelly
Oct 24, 2014 Kathleen Kelly rated it it was amazing
Floats the Dark Shadow is a historical novel in the late 1800's Paris. It is about the decadent art world that includes artists, poets and the dark arts. The background of the story features "Baron de Rais, who was a lord from Brittany, Anjou and Poitou, and a companion-in-arms of Joan of Arc in the 1400's. When Joan of Arc was burned to death it seems that Gilles de Rais loses it and turned to the occult and is later convicted as a serial killer of children, poor peasant children that the polic ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Oct 23, 2014 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it really liked it
This book's title, "Floats the Dark Shadow," itself makes this book sound dark and it is! The book is set in Paris during the Belle Epoque, which is an exciting and dangerous place. In the story, our main characters, Michel and young American painter Theodora, are faced with solving a series of gruesome crimes. The killer is somebody who fancies himself to be the reincarnation of one of the most famous and dangerous serial killers ever. This book is definitely dark and definitely not for the fai ...more
In Bel Epoque Paris, Inspector Michel Devaux has been given a tip about several missing children. The missing children are all street children, pickpocket, runners, children of the poor. Michel figures the consequences of their lives have simply caught up to them. American artist Theodora Faraday, part of a group of artists known as the Revenants, manages to save a young orphaned girl from a fire one night, only to have her cousin Averill find the girl brutally murdered and arranged in a gruesom ...more
Niyati Em
Jul 12, 2014 Niyati Em rated it it was amazing

If ever I saw Paris as a romantic city filled with lovebirds, I now see different. This book has had me hooked for a long time. I almost never wanted it to end.

When I last visited Paris, I was too young and that fancy city tag stuck. But this book opened a newer and darker underbelly to Paris. It is dark. The book is dark. But how I loved it.

Theodora Faraday finds herself curious with the recent disappearances in Paris, nothing short of unsettling. She finds herself into the investigation
Librarian Judith
Jun 10, 2014 Librarian Judith rated it it was amazing
I am so excited... I have just found a new series and I love it! If you are a fan of Caleb Carr's The Alienist or like Anne Perry's Inspector Monk series, give this new series a try.

Children have gone missing and there seems to be a link between them and the Revenants. Theo Faraday and Inspector Michel Devaux form an alliance to try to solve these murders--Theo, because she hopes to prove that it's not her cousin that's behind them.

The book is not only beautifully written, evoking the beauty of
Red Dirt Report
Jun 07, 2014 Red Dirt Report rated it really liked it

Young American painter Theodora Faraday struggles to become an artist in Belle Époque Paris. She’s tasted the champagne of success, illustrating poems for the Revenants, a group of poets let by her adored cousin, Averill. When children she knows vanish mysteriously, Theo confronts Inspector Michel Devaux who suspects the Revenants are involved. Theo refuses to believe the killer could be a friend – could be the man she loves. Classic detection and occult revelation lead Michel and Theo
Books Mom
May 30, 2014 Books Mom rated it it was amazing
Floats the Dark Shadow is a mystery set in the Belle Epoque era in France. Theodora Faraday is an American artist living in France. Children she knows begins to go missing, and she is very afraid that her cousin, Averill, or one of the other Revenants is involved.

Inspector Michel Devaux is suspicious of the Revenants. Over the course of time, Theo and Michel team together to solve the mystery and uncover a darkness in Paris that stands in stark contrast to the beauty of the era.

This story was on
Daniel J. Weber
May 05, 2014 Daniel J. Weber rated it really liked it
Mature-Content Rating: R (Graphic visual descriptions and overt sexuality)

There is a world deep seated in history. This world is filled with the flavour of a simpler time, but no problem free society is found. Psychotic killers have a full-time job hunting out their next victims and keeping them under the influence of dark torture until finally releasing them to the Reaper’s scythe. Inspecteur’s are equally busy follow the clues dropped by Grimm and his acolytes: drying fast as blood. Mystery an
Sarah Brillinger
Mar 12, 2014 Sarah Brillinger rated it really liked it
I read this book while sitting on a beach in Mexico and should probably mention that it's not really a beach read ;)
This is a dark story, very dark in fact. It's also incredibly intriguing and hard to put down. The atrocities that are being committed to abducted children are unthinkable and can truly only be committed by an absolute monster. The central character, Theo, realizes it has to be one of her friends and then you really start wondering. How could a group of 20 something well to do arti
Ingrid Hall
Oct 01, 2013 Ingrid Hall rated it it was amazing
Set in 19th Century Paris Floats the Dark Shadow tells the story of a serial child killer who believes himself to be a reincarnation of Gilles de Rais (who fought alongside Joan of Arc and was one of France's most prolific child killers) as well as the two people hell bent on catching him, namely the dark and extremely sexy police inspector Michel Devaux and Theodora Faraday, an American artist and feminist who has become entangled with a group of enigmatic but slightly unhinged poets who refer ...more
J.R. Rogers
Aug 23, 2015 J.R. Rogers rated it it was amazing
A dark, atmospheric story set in Belle Époque (1871-1914) fin de siècle Paris in which the city life is described in such depth and detail I was left breathless. Featuring young Theoroda Faraday, an American transplant to Paris from Mill Valley, California and also an artist who struggles to develop her artistic instincts while becoming embroiled in a police inquiry into missing and murdered children victims of satanic rituals. Also, Theodora’s cousin Averill, a romantic interest, and the police ...more
Christi Nichols
Dec 18, 2013 Christi Nichols rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding piece of work! I was drawn in to the romantic world of late nineteenth century France.
The scenery is well developed through the characters’ eyes with an artist’s eye for detail. The scenery and characters work well together in this story. Each developing the other in fantastic detail.
Theo spends quite a bit of her time being naïve regarding the world around her. She thinks of herself as a worldly woman. An artist of Paris. Only through her trials and adventures, is she ab
Booker Like a Hooker
Apr 25, 2014 Booker Like a Hooker rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014

If I'm gonna talk honestly I wasn't expect nothing for this book. I totally have no idea how did I started to reading this book but I did.. Last week I lost my grandma and I have to go her village immediately with my family. Yesterday I came back to my home. And I started to read my emails and opened my mails.Anyways lets started to disscuss the book.

Like I said I wasn't expect anything. Because it was a kind of new genre to me. I usually don't read Horror with Mystery or Historical or both but
Suzanne Lilly
Apr 20, 2014 Suzanne Lilly rated it it was amazing
Once I began reading Floats the Dark Shadow, I was so immersed in Belle Époque Paris that I felt I could see the dark streets, smell the perfumes, and taste the gritty air. Yves Fey's writing is authentic and lyrical, using masterful strokes much as Theo, the main character of her book, does with her art.

The story opens with the crime. Children are disappearing from the streets of Paris, and not much is being done to find out what's happening to them. Inspector Michel Devaux gets involved in the
Brooke Bumgardner (Brooke Blogs)
Floats the Dark Shadow by Yves Fey is a suspenseful story that kept my attention. The story was dark but powerful. I felt transported to Paris and the narrator did a nice job of telling the story. I listened to the audiobook version of this, and I think I enjoyed the story more because of that. It was nice to hear the story come alive.

I received an audiobook in exchange for a review. My opinion was not influenced in any way.
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