Crimson and Bone
A dark, gripping story of love and obsession from bestselling author Marina Fiorato, perfect for fans of The Crimson Petal and the White.
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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' ...more
The plot is similar to Pygmalion in tha ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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" ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more