Lonely, dark, heart-wrenching, scary, and deeply troubling. These are all words that could be used to describe Mary Shelley’s most popular work, but they also describe her truly "gothic" life. “Mary Shelley had been dead a year when her son unlocked her portable desk and found the remains of a human heart. The heart, he knew, had been his father's. It had rested in the desk for thirty years, unseen and untouched, since the day in 1822 when Mary Shelley tenderly wrapped it in pages of poetry and put it away.” Catherine Reef brings her readers another well-written and highly engaging story of a famous romance and reminds us that truth is stranger (and far more tragic) than fiction.