Florida, 1898: the new Tampa Bay Hotel, a fairy-tale castle anchored by the water\'s edge, is a winter magnet for businessmen and celebrities. The hotelâ€™s one permanent resident, the enigmatic wig-maker Monsieur Goulet III, becomes entranced by the silver-blonde hair of a beautiful young widow and is inspired to create the â€˜transformationâ€™ that will be his masterpiece. But the raw material he needs is hard to come by, and so he drives his resourceful night-scavenger to increasingly extreme efforts. As the fates of the widow, the wigmaker and the scavenger become entwined, Goulet\'s true nature begins to show itself. â€˜This really is a novel to get lost inâ€¦A highly original read, as beautiful as it is terrifying, which manages to be riotously chilling without ever going over the topâ€™ Sunday Express â€˜Chidgey is a gifted writerâ€¦her confident, commanding prose and vivid atmospherics hold the attentionâ€™ Guardian â€˜Chidgey spins a horror story which, miraculously avoiding easy sensationalism, is both troubling and hauntingâ€™ Sunday Times â€˜Beautifulâ€¦Her previous novels were highly praised for their intelligence, their lucid prose and their characterization. Here she continues to demonstrate those strengths, but in very different territoryâ€™
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