George V. Reilly

Review: Domino

Title: Domino
Author: Ross King
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright: 1995
Pages: 436
Keywords: fiction, historical
Reading period: 15 January-12 February, 2008

George Cautley, a young gentleman of in­dif­fer­ent background, comes to London in 1770 and attempts to enter society, hoping to make his way as a painter. He becomes obsessed with Lady Beauclair, who sits for her portrait and spins him a tale of a castrato opera singer, who fifty years earlier fled Italy for London.

Lady Beauclair is not what she seems. Indeed, nothing is what it seems in this novel. Everything is a mask. Or a masquerade. Arch whispers. Veiled glances. Layers of face paint hiding blemishes. New portraits daubed on top of old. Deception. Intrigue.

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