Review of Shadowplay
Shadowplay is a sumptuously stunning read full of fact and fiction that enlightens and engages the reader. O’Connor is a master of the setting, able to convey through such evocative and crafted prose a multisensory appreciation of both the external as well as the psychological inner worlds of his characters. Taking to Bram Stoker and his unique relationships with both Henry Irving and Ellen Terry, O’Connor creates a multi-layered exploration of the mind and the surrounding events and that led to the eventual creation of the novel Dracula. The author is careful to assure the reader that he has not been bound by facts in this novel rather than a biography and the reader has no sense that he is playing fast and loose with real history, but is more actively drawn to fact-check and investigate the real-life underpinnings of the tale.