About The Hypnotic City

Philomena Blackwell survived a city plagued with monsters, the gilded cage of high society, and the rule of a heartless man… and she aims to leave it all behind.

It’s 1905, and London has finally been freed from Henry Jekyll’s terrible legacy - its people cured, its thirteen-year quarantine lifted. The world is waiting, and for a girl who dreams of being its most dazzling star, what could be more enticing than the bright lights of New York City?

She is drawn across the ocean like a moth to a flame, her heart set on proving that while she may be small on the outside, her soaring talent eclipses even Manhattan’s towering skyline. When she lands a big break, it seems as if the city is ready to fall under her spell - just as she seems to be falling for a handsome young stage manager. But is it her stage presence mesmerizing the audience, or something more sinister behind the scenes?

Philomena has always relied on her fierce will and fiery heart, but a new and more terrible danger lurks in the shadows of Broadway’s bright lights, and even a mind as determined as hers may not be immune to its seductive, insidious pull…

Both fans of The Heartless City and new readers alike will enjoy this stand-alone / spin-off tale of Philomena’s adventures on stage - and in love - in NYC.

Reviews for The Hypnotic City

Note: While this is the second book in The Gold and Gaslight chronicles, it can be read as a standalone. All relevant information from the first book covered in the second.

Philomena was one of my favorite characters in The Heartless City so I was quite excited to read this book. Philomena, a talented young singer and actress, has left London with her maid, Jennie, after the quarantine was lifted. She dreams of performing on Broadway in New York and has faith that she will be discovered soon after setting foot in the United States. The novel opens with her and [...]

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*I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

I have to admit, I was afraid I wasn’t going to like this book because, while I absolutely LOVED The Heartless City, Philomena was actually my least favorite character. Something about her just didn’t click with me in that book. But the more I read in this one, the more things I found that I liked about her, the more ways I found that I related to her, and the more she grew on me until Philomena herself became my favorite thing about the [...]

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I got my hands of the ARC of this gem and loved it :) although technically it can be read as a standalone, I would highly recommend you to read "The heartless city" first, because it will give you a lot more background informations about certain events and characters :) well, if you really don't want to, there are short explanations in this book, so you will get some basic knowledge about things, but that first book is so amazing that I truly hope you'll start there if you're unfamiliar with this series :) now that this little detour is [...]

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In my opinion, a series well written is one you could pick up each book and read independently and not be confused as to what is going on. A book that reflects but does not focus wholly on what transpired in the prior work and that is exactly what Andrea Berthot did.

I was a little torn at first, because I enjoyed the setting of the first book so much [and the characters!] that I feared I wouldn’t become invested in this novel. That isn’t so. This book follows Philomena Blackwell while she embarks on her journey to New York from [...]

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