This is a tough thriller, a delicate love story and a powerfully evocative historical novel. At its heart is a young man's obsession with the mother he lost under horrendous, bizarre circumstances. Set in Edinburgh at a time in which the city was at the vanguard of medical advance, Morgan reveals the deep moral dilemmas that accompanied meaningful research at the time. Her descriptions of Edinburgh's Old Town, decaying, corrupt and dangerous, are extraordinarily vivid. Lives were cheap, both within and out of the medical faculty. Morgan is a confident, courageous and honest writer. Fleshmarket is a tour de force, from its attention-grabbing prologue onwards.
This book grabs you and never lets you go.
Outstanding ... a book that deserves attention
A gripping and intelligent read.
A dramatic and thought-provoking book. Nicola Morgan is a fine writer.
Novel beginnings are seldom more dramatic or more grim than the first 10 pages of Nicola Morgan's Fleshmarket. This is sweat-on-the-forehead stuff. In the startling introduction to her story, Morgan, an uncompromising writer who doesn't believe in holding back, takes you straight to the painful centre of what is to follow and leaves you gasping. Fleshmarket is well and truly a book that thrills, but behind the rip-roaring plot there is a painful truth that none of us should ever forget. This is an important book that lives up to the expectations of its evocative title and dramatic cover. Stories don't come any more powerful than this.
A dark and moving thriller set in 19th century Edinburgh ... Morgan's vivid portrayal of Edinburgh's Old Town, steeped in poverty, corruption and disease has a Dickensian lucidity, which lifts this novel out of the ordinary. The struggles of a young boy caring for his sister, coupled with the ethical and moral dilemmas facing the early surgical pioneers, make this a powerful and unforgettable story.
Morgan -- in only her second novel -- could already be fairly compared to the late, greatly missed Leon Garfield
Fleshmarket more than lives up to its evocative name and stylish jacket ... Morgan raises surprisingly contemporary issues about medical ethics through her rip-roaring plot with it's mix of real and imagined characters. It's a tour de force, the kind of novel that simply will not let you go
This most unpredictable of novels ... a gripping and intelligent read ... Morgan plays with readers' expectations and judgement right to the end
A dramatic and thought-provoking book. Nicola Morgan is a fine writer
Fleshmarket is a tour de force, from it's attention-grabbing prologue onwards
She succeeds so brilliantly ... the freshness of Morgan's style shines through. She writes with the adjectival flourish of someone who really does seem to delight in words, who seems able to effortlessly fine-tune them for effect
Behind the rip-roaring plot... there was a painful truth that gave the book a modern and moving kick
This is an important book that lives up to the expectations of its evocative title and dramatic cover. Stories don't come any more powerful than this