Thanks to Netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton for a chance to read this book!
Due to be released Feb 8th.
Description from Netgalley:
‘We have no need to protect ourselves from the bad sort
because we ARE the bad sort . . .’
‘This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of cases where men, women and children are declared missing. Scarcely a week passes without the occurrence of an incident of this type’ – The Morning Herald, Tuesday 13 September 1831
Down the murky alleyways of London, acts of unspeakable wickedness are taking place and the city’s vulnerable poor are disappearing from the streets. Out of these shadows comes Hester White, a bright young woman who is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible.
When Hester is thrust into the world of the aristocratic Brock family, she leaps at the chance to improve her station in life under the tutelage of the fiercely intelligent and mysterious Rebekah Brock.
But whispers from her past slowly begin to poison her new life and both she and Rebekah are lured into the most sinister of investigations, dragging them into the blackest heart of a city where something more depraved than either of them could ever imagine is lurking. . .
It seemed a slow start to this story but it’s a good one!
Although I say a slow start I enjoyed reading about old London and I liked Hester, it felt like I was reading a classic novel not a historical one about a young woman who wants to improve her place in society. Hester’s chances improve when she enters the Brock household and meets Rebekah. I never really knew what to think, this book constantly keeps you guessing. It is around this time that the pace changes and the mystery escalates with tension and suspense!
There’s many dark twists and turns along the way as secrets are revealed and horrors exposed(it was more shocking than I expected). I could not stop reading until I reached the last page I was completely drawn into this world and loved a mystery involving female characters.
I can’t wait to read the next book by Laura Carlin.