An elegant, daring, original, and compelling novel, set against a gaslit backdrop of social and political turbulence in early twentieth-century London, Falling Angels draws a picture of family life that exposes the prejudices and flaws of a changing time.
My opinion: This was my second foray into reading Chevalier’s work and it was just as good as the first!
This book is set just post-Victorian era following the death of Queen Victoria and we follow it right through to the rallies held in London by the Suffragettes. The story is told from a number of characters’ points of views and we meet a number of people along the way.
The detail of this book is brilliant, and I liked the fact that it was based around the subject of death, something that the Victorians treated very differently to how we do today. However, it is not morbid or dark in any way. It just shows a different view of life and how people dealt with it back then.
The descriptions were really evocative without being overly wordy and the characters were all really well developed, even if some were a little infuriating!
Chevalier is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and I would definitely recommend her to fans of Sarah Waters.
My rating: Five stars
Originally reviewed at Reading in Progress