19 June 2018.
Pulse, the protagonist and narrative voice of The Gilded Ones, is a northern designer who had previously relocated to London and is now looking to advance his career. The book plunges the reader into Pulse’s disturbing dream on the night before he is due to travel to an interview on the south coast. In his dream the narrator witnesses a fatal car crash and attempts to assist the passengers only to be confronted by the sight of one of the victims, Freia, hovering above the snow-covered earth on which she has just perished. The dream haunts Pulse both during and after his interview, and although he is successful, he spots another position on his way home to London. He feels compelled to call the firm the moment he arrives back at London Victoria Railway Station and is interviewed and offered the post that same evening. Pulse accepts the second job – not quite knowing why.
This surreal opening prepares the reader for a story in which supernatural and macabre events perplex the young man who finds himself confronted by a series of bizarre coincidences that lead him ever closer to the discovery of a murder. As the narrative unfolds, Pulse finds himself drawn into apparently disparate worlds, but as he begins to make connections between them, he realises he is caught in a web of intrigue.