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1899. All Nansi knows is that her mother disappeared on the day she was fished out of Cardiff docks. She can't remember anything else. Now, with no other family to turn to, she works for Sid at the Empire Theatre, sometimes legally, sometimes thieving to order, trying to earn enough money to hire a detective to find her mother. Everything changes when Constance and Violet join the theatre, both with their own dark secrets. Nansi is forced to be part of Violet's crooked psychic act. But it's when Constance recognises her, and realises who her mother must be, that Nansi's world is turned upside down forever. She is soon on the run for her life and she will have to risk everything if she's going to find the truth.

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23rd December '17
clc read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Gaslight 9781910080542
5 stars
My mum bought me this book from a small bookshop when we were on holidays. The author had been in the shop but we had just missed her! I’ve read this book three times which shows how much I love it and haven’t got bored of it! 
The story is about two girls in Cardiff called Nancy and Bee. Nancy has to find her mother but her uncle Sid who owns the theatre she works in, doesn’t want Nancy to find her mum. This is a really good mystery story and I think it is suitable for over 8 year olds. 
3rd July '17
Leah2008 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Gaslight 9781910080542
5 stars
it all about a girl how lost her mouther and she got wash up at the docks and then she maks friends with sid she tries to make a info    money to get   a detective to find her mom  
18th June '17
MunchkinMegan read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Gaslight 9781910080542
5 stars
Genuinely an interesting and engaging read. Somewhere between the dark side of existence, mystery and intrigue. 

I haven't been able to put it down and when i have i've felt Eloise Williams pulling me back in, whispering that i haven't quite finished the story yet.

Deeply enthralling, i find myself fully immersed in the era, the setting and standing firmly beside Nansi- who is very likeable and enjoyable to read about.
10th June '17
Ellanor read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Gaslight 9781910080542
5 stars
What a great story

This book makes you feel a lot of mixed emotions, from sad to happy

I would recommend this book for children aged 10+

I would read this book again and recommend to all my friends
20th June '17
Tweengirl read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Gaslight 9781910080542
5 stars
This was a great read and although Lara usually reads on a kindle it was lovely to have areal book! well written and great story
11th June '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Gaslight 9781910080542
5 stars
Nansi has no memory of her life before being found, washed up and half drowned at Cardiff Docks, just that she was running from someone with her mother. The man who found her and took her in, isn't as charitable as his actions sound. Manager of The Empire Theatre, Pernicious Sid is a cruel, vindictive man for whom Nansi must work in the theatre and steal from rich houses to pay her way with any extra money being saved so that one day she'll be able to hire a detective to find her mother. Until then, she must do as she's told while protecting fellow orphan Bee.

Life at the theatre changes when Constance and Violet arrive. Nansi’s life shifts from being perilous to life threatening, and she finds herself on the run from the only ‘family’ she knows, searching for a way to find her mother.

A darkly menacing, gothic tale; Gaslight is an enthralling read that will delight and scare in equal measure. Eloise Williams has created a strong, determined heroine in a richly evocative setting. Lighter moments offer relief from the devastatingly bleak life in this fast-paced drama that makes no apology for being as dark and disturbing as the lives of orphans in Victorian Cardiff would have been.
Great for fans of Rose Campion, The Sinclair Mysteries and The Laura Marlin Mysteries.
30th August '18
OEM read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Gaslight 9781910080542
5 stars
Nansi has three names. One for show. One for theft. One for real. She has very few memories of her mother but she desires to find her.....yet an over heard conversation changes everything. Forever.
This book is a very good read with such an imaginative,creative and adventurous story line. I really recommend this book to any Harry Potter or adventure and mystery genre lovers! 
3rd September '17
Mcity read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Gaslight 9781910080542
5 stars
A great read. Good storyline. I liked how it linked to a period in time in history.
8th September '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Gaslight 9781910080542
4 stars
This book whisked me away to Victorian Cardiff for the afternoon. Throughout the book, Nansi, a young girl with a name for life, a name for theft and a name for the stage, struggles being kept under the power of the theatre owner, Sid. She fights him at every stage, trying to protect herself and Bee, her younger, orphaned friend, all whilst trying to find her mother, who disappeared the night Nansi was found washed up on the river bank. Nansi's struggle to be alive and free was intense. The twist at the end made the story filled me with a range of emotions. 

A captivating read with lots of fantastic vocabulary. 
26th July '17
Lissylu read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Gaslight 9781910080542
4 stars
I enjoyed this book, I liked the suspense and drama and it really kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what would happen next.
16th September '17
I read it myself (an adult) & to Jem aged 12 aged 12
Gaslight 9781910080542
4 stars
Quite unputdownable! An intriguing story- though a little violent in places.
26th July '17
Lswise read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Gaslight 9781910080542
4 stars
Overall I thought this book was very good. It was a little bit slow at first but I still enjoyed reading it, but once I got to the climax of the story I was intrigued to find out what happened next, and the ending turned out to be very exciting!
9th February '18
I read it myself aged 10 aged 10
Gaslight 9781910080542
4 stars
This is an enthralling mystery book, about a girl called Nansi who is determined to find her lost mother. I would have given it 4.75 stars if I could because every single word in this book was spell-binding, yet I still felt the ending was a little rushed.

Nansi is living under the 'care' of a nasty theatre owner named Sid. Despite hating her work she still does it because Nansi is determined to get enough money so that she can hire a detective in order to look for her missing mum. Luckily life is made easier seeing as she has a friend, Bea, but when Constance and Violet arrive her situation becomes life-threatening. What comes after is some vital information, a murder, an escape, and an extremely clever twist right at the end. Will Nansi find her mother?

Most certainly recommended to children aged 9-11, a fabulous book to read.
11th June '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Gaslight 9781910080542
3 stars
Gaslight is a read that seems to be missing details. Throughout the book I felt like it was second or third book in a series, and that I was missing vital parts of information from the first book, but it turns out this is the first book! Once over that I did find the storyline not to be too bad, (young girl looked after by a nasty man who makes her work in a theatre; she is looking for her missing mother), and I have given the book 3 stars due to the good twist at the end of the story. 
It definitely a book for girls, and probably around 9-11 years old. A book with potential, but never quite achieved it in my humble opinion. 
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About Eloise Williams

Eloise Williams grew up in south Wales. She now lives in Pembrokeshire, very close to the beach where she walks her dog Watson Jones. She worked in the theatre in wardrobe, then studied Drama. After working for over ten years as an actress, she studied for a Masters in Creative Writing at Swansea University. Her first book for children, Elen's Island, was pu...

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