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About the Author
- File size : 3072 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 288 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B076CQN7GY
- Publication date : October 27, 2017
- Publisher : JB Publishing (October 27, 2017)
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #446,196 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I had high hopes for this book. The premise sounded interesting with the possibility of a Persephone retelling mixed in with Jack the Ripper. It lost me almost at once with the talk about Denise, her lady, accompanying Isobel to a ball. Confused, I reread and then read on, finally figuring out that Denise was her lady's maid. I'm not sure why Isobel keeps referring to her as her lady or even as Denise (ladies maids were generally referred to by their surnames in Victorian households). I ignored the dialogue which constantly uses modern phrasing though that's the kind of thing that stops me cold when I'm reading. The whole scene at Almack's was ridiculous; Almack's was closed by this point, was only open on Wednesday evenings to those with vouchers, and required extremely formal dress (not what one would wear to a tennis match).
I was glad to see the reference to Erewhon and most of the Ripper parts were correct which made it all the more confusing to me as to why research hadn't been done for the rest of the story. Watching Downton Abbey should have been enough to explain how the servants were supposed to work in a wealthy household. Valets and ladies maids don't answer the front door, for example. Also, the author didn't understand how titles work among the nobility. A gentleman can't inherit the title of Earl from his uncle when his father is still alive, especially if all the names are different and his father is a Baron. A duke is addressed as 'Your Grace' and any dukes in England would be well-known; one can't just appear.
It may seem as if I'm being picky, but each time an anachronism appears, it can take the reader right out of the story. Once in a great while, I'll read a book where I can forgive this because the story is so great, but here it was just a not very interesting love triangle. Isobel is spoiled and not that likable. Devon was just bland. Death was the most compelling character, but too often he seemed to develop some trait just in time to fill a plot hole.
In the end, I found this book disappointing. Other readers may feel differently, but it certainly wasn't for me.
You will need tissues while reading this book I know I wandered the halls looking for a box while muttering 'Why? WHY?' like a mad woman drawing the attention of the rest of my household. Luckily they've become quite used to my middle of the night reading resulting in tears and/or mad ramblings so after furnishing me with a box of tissues and a hot chocolate they wandered back off to bed. This book kept me up all night, I got next to no sleep and I regret nothing. Nothing I tell you.
Top reviews from other countries
And quite honestly , I was blown away
I found it to be both Macabre and Beautiful
Disturbing and Fantastic
Loving and Destructive
A wonderful piece of writing, that I will revisit and will stay on top of my book list for a long while x