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February, 1929. The Regent Hotel in Birmingham is a place of deception and glamour. Behind its six-storeyed façade, guests sip absinthe cocktails on velvet banquettes, while the hotel’s red-jacketed staff scurry through its lavish corridors to ensure the finest service is always at hand. In the early evening, a psychoanalyst checks in under a pseudonym. Nora Dickinson is young, diligent and ambitious. Though she doesn’t see herself as a liar, she is travelling with an agenda. Having shadowed the famous opera singer Berenice Oxbow from Zurich, she’s determined not to lose sight of her now. But when a terrible snow storm isolates the hotel – and its guests – from the outside world, reality appears to shift. Nora’s grip loosens, and the nightmares she’s worked hard to control begin to bare their teeth.

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‘Begins as a compelling psychological mystery [and] turns to the supernatural… A well-plotted, original, nightmare blend of madness and monsters.’ GuardianThe Regent Hotel in Birmingham is a place of lush glamour, where guests sip absinthe cocktails on velvet banquettes and obliging waiters are always on hand. Yet behind its glittering façade, you might find monsters lurking in the shadows…On a cold February evening, Nora Dickinson checks in. A psychoanalyst with a dubious past, Nora has battled not to let her own demons overcome her. But when a terrible snowstorm cuts The Regent off from the outside world, the entire hotel’s grip on reality slips – and the nightmares Nora’s worked so hard to control begin to bare their teeth.Kate Mascarenhas’s latest novel offers her readers a horrifying ride through murder, madness and the darkestrecesses of the mind.‘A delicious piece of art deco Gothic’ Natalie Marlow‘Dark, complex and beautifully plotted’ Rebecca Netley‘Immersive, unique… with a dark supernatural core’ Essie Fox‘An atmospheric, claustrophobic novel… mesmerising’ Elizabeth Lee

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Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 cm