This book is the perfect thriller. Like a roller coaster ride that only goes downhill. Brace yourself! #botm
Hmmm...this is quite literally a history book. Very little dialogue. Am I wrong in expecting something a bit more like a novel 🤔
Wow, this book couldn‘t have been more in my wheelhouse: 19th century, slums of London, literary, suspense. It reminded me of other favorites: Michel Faber‘s Crimson Petal and the White, Emma Donogue‘s Slammerkin, or anything Sarah Waters. Thanks @SavidgeReads for turning me on to this gem.
If you‘re in the mood for a domestic thriller, you could definitely do worse than this one. There are some clever twists and turns and the story is original. However, the book is a little longer than it needs to be. It‘s weighed down by unnecessary exposition. And I personally didn‘t connect with the characters as I would have liked. There was a little something missing in the writing...that “it” factor that makes you 💙 a book.
I think this is my new all time fav gothic horror novel! I'll definitely be reading more John Boyne!
I highly recommend this collection for the Dorothy B Hughes novel In a Lonely Place. It's far ahead of its time in my opinion, and I've since read a couple of her other works. If you want to journey deep in to the psyche of a disturbed individual, read immediately.