Scandals, dynasties and dangerous secrets
'Achingly believable' - Publishers Weekly
'This fast-paced, engrossing novel from Bilyeau... gives readers an up-close and personal view of New York's Gilded Age' - Library Journal
'Beautifully written and impeccably researched, Dreamland is a rollicking ride.' - Fiona Davis, bestselling author of The Chelsea Girls
'A marvelous book ' - Ellen Marie Wiseman, bestselling author of What she Left Behind and The Life she was Given
'Bilyeau is at the height of her talents in the immersive and gripping Dreamland' - Heather Webb, USA Today bestselling author
'Bilyeau's thrilling novel plunges deep into Dreamland's maze of pleasure and menace' - Marlowe Benn, bestselling author of Relative Fortunes
'Nancy Bilyeau's passion for history infuses her books' - Alison Weir
The year is 1911 when twenty-year-old heiress Peggy Batternberg is invited to spend the summer in America's Playground.
The invitation to Coney Island is unwelcome. Despite hailing from one of America's richest families, Peggy would much rather spend the summer working at the Moonrise Bookstore than keeping up appearances with New York City socialites and her snobbish, controlling family.
But soon it transpires that the hedonism of Coney Island affords Peggy the freedom she has been yearning for, and it's not long before she finds herself in love with a troubled pier-side artist of humble means, whom the Batternberg patriarchs would surely disapprove of. Disapprove they may, but hidden behind their pomposity lurks a web of deceit, betrayal, and deadly secrets. And as bodies begin to mount up amidst the sweltering clamor of Coney Island, it seems the powerful Batternbergs can get away with anything... even murder.
Extravagant, intoxicating, and thumping with suspense, bestselling Nancy Bilyeau's magnificent Dreamland is a story of corruption, class, and dangerous obsession.
What readers are saying about Dreamland...
"If you enjoyed Downton Abbey and want something from that time, set in the US, but with a delicious murder mystery thrown in, you will love this book." Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"I loved everything about this book and I will definitely look for more to read by Bilyeau I enjoyed the pacing and character development so much and completely got wrapped up in the story." NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"This suspenseful tale has every element of success: murder, deceit, love, corruption, perseverance, obsession, and redemption. A book that will keep you up at night rushing to the end but that will leave you wanting more once you're finished." Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Lume Books, 9781911445968, 386pp.
Publication Date: January 16, 2020