Darkwater Author:Dorothy Eden "Darkwater" is one of England's vast and ancient estates. Spirited, beautiful Fanny Davenport has been raised there as a poor relation in the family of her Uncle Edgar, the master of Darkwater. Fanny's plans to escape to London are thwarted by the arrival at Darkwater of two young children, the orphaned son and daughter of Edga... more »r Davenport's brother, accompanied by their Chinese nurse and a handsome stranger, Adam Marsh. Almost at once the nurse is brutally murdered, and the shadow of an anonymous killer hovers over every life at Darkwater. All are under suspicion -- even Adam Marsh, the reckless and gallant stranger with whom Fanny fears she is falling in love!« less
If the Gothic romance novel is your shadowy cup of tea, you can't do better than Darkwater, by Dorothy Eden. A lonely house on a moor. Orphans. Inheritances. Ghosts. Murder. Obstacles to love. Madness. All present and accounted for.
Eden's imagination when walking on the dark side (Great-Aunt Arabella's bedtime stories, for example) almost rivals Angela Carter's for sheer nastiness at times; yet she is also a page-turning storyteller in the conventional sense. It's this odd mixture that sets her apart from other romance authors.
There's a Dickensian cast of characters: Francesca Davenport, the novel's heroine; mad cousin George; two orphans from China; Amelia, the spoiled daughter; the repulsive Hamish Barlow; the handsome yet questionable Adam Marsh.
All set against the backdrop of Darkwater, the Elizabethan manor house with the black lake in the middle of a foggy moor. What more atmosphere is needed?