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Crimson and Bone

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  187 ratings  ·  45 reviews

A dark, gripping story of love and obsession from bestselling author Marina Fiorato, perfect for fans of The Crimson Petal and the White.

London, 1853.

Annie Stride is a beautiful, flame-haired young woman from the East End of London. She is also a whore. On a bleak January night Annie stands on Waterloo Bridge, watching the icy waters of the Thames writhe b

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published May 18th 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Lucy Banks
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

Richly portrayed gothic-style tale, which had me gripped throughout.

Crimson and Bone's tagline was a 'twisted story of love and obsession', and it certainly lived up to it. With a cast of prostitutes, Pre-Raphaelite artists, mysterious men and eerie vases, not to mention the gorgeously portrayed backdrops of Victorian London, Florence and Venice, this was a book that captivated me from the start, and kept me firmly hooked unti
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Art, passion, family, hardship, luxury.

What a glorious book.

First off, it has to be said that I love Marina Fiorato's books. I love reading her feisty female characters, seeing them stand on their own. And with Crimson & Bone I was not disappointed.

This is probably the darkest of the author's books so far, and it felt like there was something sinister lurking in the background of the story right from the start. Despite this darkness, there was always a shining thread of hope in the stor
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Crimson and Bone’ can be summed up in several words it was Gothic,Dark, atmospheric and artistic.

I have never read a novel by Marina Fiorato so I wasn’t sure of what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. What drew me to this particular book was the setting and the concept, I love historical fiction especially the Victorian era.

This book was rich with atmosphere and descriptive writing that felt that you were alongside Annie through her journey. The characters were amazing, Annie is feisty bu
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading a book by Marina Fiorato but it will certainly not be my last.

Straight away we are thrown into the story of Annie Stride, a prostitute in London in 1853, who has reached the point of desperation and is contemplating ending her life. Standing on the brink Annie is saved by an artist who sees something special about her and makes her his muse, catapulting her into a new world of beauty, art, and privilege. But all is not as it seems - a murderer is on the loose and t
Helen White
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, art
Enjoyable dark novel about Pre-Raphaelite art. Annie Stride is a prostitute about to kill herself when Francis offers her salvation in the form of modelling for his paintings. He sets about improving her and moulding her into a respectable young woman but at what point is Annie allowed to live her own life and stop being grateful to her saviour.

I really enjoyed this, Annie is a believable character and when the novel takes a darker turn I really wanted her to succeed. Well worth reading if you'
Juliet Bookliterati
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Marina Fiorato is one of my favourite historical novelists. Her books regularly combine my favourite subjects; history, art and Italy all of which are part of Crimson & Bone. This book has a slightly darker, more gothic feel to it than her previous novels. To stay with an art metaphor this novel is like a Caravaggio painting; the light and focus draw your eye to the main characters but the darkness surrounding them is always threatening to encroach on them.

The plot is similar to Pygmalion in tha
Angela Smith
I thought this was a clever idea for a story. I think the author has taken the name Annie Stride from Jack The Ripper lore although the real victim was Elizabeth Stride, but the first name was probably inspired by another ripper victim, Annie Chapman. (A sort of an amalgamation of two of his victims) Then there is Francis Maybrick Gill who is the strange Pre-Raphaelite painter. Surely his name is based upon James Maybrick , a Ripper suspect? Too many co-incidences in names for me unless I am see ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This review was originally posted at Dual Reads
Copy received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I've been a fan of Marina Fiorato for a long, long time. I've read and loved every one of her books and I can confidently say that this is her best yet! This was compelling and dark and so, so tense right from the start and I was hooked from page one right to the end.

Annie was such a wonderful character, full of self-doubt and with a dark past and all of her actions were so understan
Brittany (Lady Red)
May 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was right and I hate being able to guess an ending like that-pet peeve. The writing was beautiful though so if that doesn’t bother you I still recommend.
Julie Cohen
A luscious jewel of a novel, full of colour, desire and danger.
Karen Keane
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's the first time I have read a book by Marina Fiorato but I will definitely be reading another one. I loved the book from start till finish. It is a dark, brooding book about Annie a prostitute in the 1850's, who becomes an artists muse. I loved Annie as a character and enjoyed the way we saw a whole new world opening before her eyes, but all is not what it seems and there is always danger lurking in the background. ...more
Louise Morris
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great book! Like the first book of her' s I read, it is involving a fallen woman who redeems herself in the end. ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up from the library on a whim due to a lovely cover and an intriguing title. I had never heard of the book or the author for that matter and I am so glad I decided to read something new. It was a dark, gothic read full of atmosphere and intrigue.

The story set in 1853 follow the story of prostitute Annie Stride who is about to plunge to her death over Waterloo Bridge. She is saved in the nick of time by a Pre-Raphaelite artist, Francis Maybrick Gill who takes her in as his muse
Aug 30, 2019 added it
I started this book with the best intentions because it promised really well: a woman protagonist, England and Italy from the mid-800s, art, mystery ...
On page 53 my only wish is to launch it in the Thames. The protagonist, Annie, is a prostitute of about eighteen years who is saved (?) by Francis, a painter, while he is about to commit suicide. I don't know what problems these two have, but they are sure to have been found each other. She does nothing but repeat that she is "The Queen of Sheba"
SJH (A Dream of Books)
I am always eager to read anything by Marina Fiorato because her stories are captivating and her writing is beautifully lyrical and descriptive. Her newest offering, ‘Crimson and Bone’, was a real treat and I devoured it in a couple of evenings.

The story focuses on a common prostitute, Annie Stride, who at the beginning of the book is ready to end it all. Life has not been kind to her and down on her luck, she decides that she doesn’t want to live anymore. Events however, take a different turn,
Angela L
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous read this is. Annie Stride is a beautiful fame haired woman but, thanks to an impoverished childhood and deeply unpleasant father, she is now working as a prostitute in London. She has teamed up with a new friend, Mary Jane, and the girls are getting by. Then Mary Jane drowns and Annie (finding she is pregnant) decides to follow her and jump into the Thames from Waterloo Bridge. She is saved by Francis, an up and coming painter who re-invents her. She becomes his muse and follows ...more
Francesca Scanlan
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable book- I especially liked the Pre Raphaelite element as it’s my favourite art movement.
Enjoyed the character of Annie and thought that the Victorian concept of ‘the fallen woman’ was explored nicely. The Rainbow man was swoony, and actually (shock horror) respected women.
Throughout the book, I imagined Annie as looking like the model from Millais’ painting ‘The Bridesmaid’- lo and behold, in the author’s note Fiorato revealed that this painting was the inspiration for Annie’s characte
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is nothing like The Crimson Petal and The White, which is exceptional novel like no other. This book is an entertaining historical thriller, with exciting hints at Jack the Ripper crimes. There is a mysterious artist who paints fallen girls in vivid scenes, one of the Pre Raphaelites group. If you ever seen paintings from this movement, you will be able to imagine bold colors and amazing poetry of these works which add a special oomph to the reading. I've been to the exhibition of this group ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5/5. It was a fairly entertaining novel but at times its really slow paced. There were some interesting things that were going on but there were some serious historical inaccuracies, gramophone records for example weren't around until another 70 years and a play that she was taken to see would appear on stage for the first time only in 1913. There could have been other inaccuracies that I never noticed but these two were the ones that stood out. The only reason why I know these two facts is fr ...more
Pam Thomas
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
A good and interesting story to start with, utterly ruined by several glaring inaccuracies. It's set in England and Italy in 1853, and so far the heroine has listened to gramophone records more than forty years before their invention, gone to the theatre to see a performance of 'Pygmalion' written by Shaw a full two years before he was even a twinkle in his daddy's eye, and someone's ashes are carried around thirty years before cremation became legal. If you're going to write a historical novel, ...more
Helen Murray
Fascinating example of Neo-Victorian Pre-Raphaelitism. Fiorato is obviously heavily influenced by the Gothic style. Consequently in parts, the novel is somewhat histrionic, and heavy-handed with the Neo-Victorian tropes. However, a great deal of research has evidently gone into this book, and it makes some very intriguing points about the role of art, Pre-Raphaelite art in particular, and the contemporary reader's vision of the nineteenth century through such works. ...more
Susan Leona Fisher
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Right from the start the reader knows something’s amiss with Maybrick the artist, who’s too perfect to be true when he rescues Annie from throwing herself in the Thames and takes her home to be his model for a series of paintings of fallen women. It takes a trip to Italy before we and she find out the awful truth. Well written, dropping the clues to dark deeds cleverly as we begin to get the picture, and the author uses her extensive knowledge of the art world to great effect.
Emilie de Saint Martin
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I didn't know what I was expecting with that book and I sure wasn't expecting what I got, but it's been an even more wonderful journey because of it. I was scared to find a simple historical romance overlooking the abuse of power in the relationship between the two main characters and what I found instead was an ode to womanhood, a bone chilling crime story, and a work of art in its depiction of scenes and characters. Highly recommend. ...more
Annie is a prostitute in Victorian London. She's about to throw herself off a bridge when a young gentleman rescues her and takes her home. And so begins her relationship with Pre-Raphaelite painter Francis Maybrick Gill. Loved the dark tone and mystery of this as well as the settings in London and Italy. ...more
Brittany Wouters
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Mrs Sarah J Telfer
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A page turner

I would have given this 5 stars, however, it could have been a bulkier book. There was room for more without spoiling the story or giving away the secrets of the tale. I loved that description s were detailed but not over done in an 'aren't I clever ' way. Would definitely recommend.
Gill Wyatt
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every time I put this book down I longed for time to pick it up again. I have read most of Marina Fiorato's books and this is the best yet. Every time I read one I think that they can't get any better - and then they do. The plot, the twists, the characters, the dialogue and the descriptive passages are all brilliant. ...more
Bev Wilson
Mar 02, 2021 rated it liked it
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Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Good start but I got quite bored in the middle.
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Marina Fiorato is half-Venetian. She was born in Manchester and raised in the Yorkshire Dales.

She is a history graduate of Oxford University and the University of Venice, where she specialized in the study of Shakespeare’s plays as an historical source.

After University she studied art and since worked as an illustrator, actress and film reviewer.

She also designed tour visuals for rock bands includ

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