This novel’s setting, at the time of London’s Great Exhibition, is perfect for this tale of dark obsession and wonderful art.

Iris is beautiful but disfigured, and as such draws the attention of two men with different ambitions for her. Louis, a pre-Raphaelite painter wants her for his model. While Silas, a taxidermist, wants to collect her entirely for himself.

Iris, is an aspiring artist, and so agrees to model for Louis in exchange for art lessons. Meanwhile Silas grows more jealous and plots a way to possess her. An engrossing story.