In the 19th century, when the British Empire was approaching its zenith, the Victorians began to believe that, with their power and their fabulous wealth, they could do anything. Certain gentlemen became convinced that they could indeed do anything...and get away with it.
A noted Harrogate philanthropist is found murdered, the victim of a brutal and frenzied attack. His apparent killer, a frail and elderly workhouse 'imbecile', had fled his house as a child.
The Eighth Circle of Hell follows strands of lust, love and revenge as they twist together and stretch across that most notorious of times: the Victorian Defloration Mania.
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This book's topic was one I knew little about, and even though it was a bit shocking, it was never too grisly to read. In fact, it was so well written that it should be considered a classic right up there amongst Dickens, Collins, and Sir Conan Doyle. The author truly makes you care for the main character/victim, while despising the antagonist and his followers. The husband/wife detective team are very likable, and the mystery is an added bonus that will keep the reader spellbound~~I highly recommend this book!!!
In Victorian England, Elizabeth Wilson is a very young orphan, but the orphanage where she lives is not what it seems. It is run by unscrupulous, debauched patrons who force the young girls, and sometimes boys, to work as prostitutes. It is a brutal, no-holds-barred tale of Victorian England and the Defloration Mania that gripped society during that era. The story is told through flashbacks by the heroine who is elderly and recalls the dark days of her childhood. It is a story about cruelty, violation, betrayal, and helplessness. To say the book stirs emotions while reading it would be an understatement – this story grips the reader with horror, anger, misery, and cruelty. It is an unforgettable journey into a long ago time that is not much different than today’s society. This is the type of book that will stay with you for many years. Readers will be distressed, captivated, and awestruck by this tale. The author’s writing style is powerful and adds to the thrill the book provides. This book is more than memorable – it is an important expose on the cruelties faced by the sexual slave trade that still exists today. Bravo Gary Doman. More books please!