In Yellow Jessamine, shipping magnate Evelyn Perdanu controls the dying city of Delphinium with trade deals and secrets. But when mysterious sickness sparks death and obsession, all leading back to her, Evelyn’s brittle existence is strained to breaking. She retreats to her estate, amidst paranoia and poisonous secrets, intent on rooting out this plague before it destroys everything she has built.
Caitlin Starling is a writer of horror-tinged speculative fiction and interactive media. Her first novel, The Luminous Dead, is out now from HarperVoyager. She tweets at@see_starling and has been paid to design body parts. You can find links to her work and ongoing projects atwww.caitlinstarling.com.
“This story of witchery and death unfurls itself one petal at a time until you will be happy to lay yourself amongst its whispering tendrils and just breathe it in.”
— Jordan Shiveley, Dread Singles
“This powerful dark fantasy is as lovely as it is haunting."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“If Daphne du Maurier had pushed into fantasy, you might get something as good as this claustrophobic, Gothic-tinged story.”
— C.S. Malerich, author of The Factory Witches of Lowell
“Starling’s tale is rich, unsettling, and bleakly beautiful— like the poison garden at its heart, both lovely and deadly.”
— Kate Alice Marshall, author of Rules for Vanishing and I Am Still Alive
“Yellow Jessamine is rife with desire and bitter with re- venge, all of it cloaked in shadows. A creepy read perfect for a stormy night.”
— Lara Elena Donnelly, author of the Amberlough Dossier