Horror, Mystery/Thriller


Rating: 4 out of 5.


Late Victorian London. When the most respectable of Scottish businessmen is pulled, dead, from the Thames, his daughter is drawn into an investigation which reveals a whole world of secrets and corruption and leads all the way to the tragic truth behind the ghostly legend of The Darkwater Bride – in an epic drama combining the genres of the Victorian mystery thriller with the equally classic Victorian mode of the ghostly tale.

Featuring: Rachel Atkins, Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Clare Corbett, Stephen Critchlow, Donal Finn,Jamie Glover, Peter Gold, Joel Gorf, Chris Grahamson, Edward Harrison, David Holt, Frances Jeater, Yolanda Kettle, Fiz Marcus, Freya Mavor,Gerard McDermott, Nina Millns, James Parkes, Richard Reed, Adrian Scarborough, Lizzie Stables, Mark Straker, Ben Whitehead, Sarah Whitehouse and Sarah-Louise Young.

My Take:

When Katrina’s father is found drowned in the Blackwater River in London, she does not believe that her father committed suicide as the chief investigator claims. Katrina leaves Scotland to solve the mystery of her father’s death. What she discovers is the violent and seductive criminal underbelly of Blackwater Reach, and the women forced into lifestyles she’d never imagined. She also runs into a mysterious, ghostly bride–a legend who is said to drown violent men with her kiss.

As all good horror stories, this one gives fresh social commentary on what it might have been like to live as a single woman in Victorian London, and the lengths such women will go to protect themselves when no one else would. The moral questions Katrina finds herself grappling with are still relevant today.

The talented cast, sound effects, and top class production team definitely makes this a great listen, though I definitely wouldn’t listen to it while driving in a dark car because it is creepy.

Trigger warning: this plot deals with sexual abuse.


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