This is a unique story that takes place in the London of 1888; Mercy is a poor, beautiful woman who lives in the seamier side of town, with little to eat. She comes from a good background, but when her parents die, Mercy is left in the care of her ruthless half-brother, Oliver.
Through the machinations of Oliver, Mercy Dansing is hired to be the assistant of a mysterious magician, Dominick D'Abanville. She goes to live in his gothic-like home, Greystone. While there, Mercy becomes aware of the dangerous problems that swirl around her employer, London and the magician's home.
If readers look at this story as a mood-piece, definitely gothic and changeable, they will get their money's worth. However, the book itself spends too much time creating a mood and not enough time in pushing the story along. By the middle of the story, it was starting to drag -- seriously. The hero was interesting enough to carry the story but the author muddies the water with Jack the Ripper and an old house with an awful history and a conspiracy. Readers never really learn why the hero and heroine fall in love with each other; it just happens.
Katherine Sutcliffe does a wonderful job creating the mood of the story but she allows the plot to take a second place, which penalizes the story. If you are looking for an unusual plot, this is it. If you are looking for the components to fit together into a seamless novel, this isn't it.