Friday, 2 February 2018

Review - The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin

Title: The Wicked Cometh
Author: Laura Carlin
Pages: 352
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: 1st February 2018

Blurb from Goodreads: 

The year is 1831. Down the murky alleyways of London, acts of unspeakable wickedness are taking place and no one is willing to speak out on behalf of the city's vulnerable poor as they disappear 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.

Hester and Rebekah find themselves crossing every boundary they've ever known in pursuit of truth, redemption and passion. But their trust in each other will be tested as a web of deceit begins to unspool, dragging them into the blackest heart of a city where something more depraved than either of them could ever imagine is lurking . . .

My Review:

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley*

Living in 1831 isn't easy for Hester White whose change in circumstances has led to her living in poverty in London.
Then Hester finds herself with the chance to improve her life with help from the Brock family.
As Hester grows closer to Rebekah Brock, she also finds herself investigating events that may lead her into danger.
Why are so many people going missing?
Will Hester or Rebekah be next?

I love the cover for The Wicked Cometh and along with the intriguing blurb, I was excited to read this.
Unfortunately, this is another book that missed the mark for me.
Given the size of The Wicked Cometh not that much happened plot-wise, and what did happen failed to hold my attention - this was mainly because of the writing style which I couldn't get on with.
Hester was an okay character, and while I felt sorry for her I didn't like her all that much.
The romance was sweet but the age difference surprised me.
I debated DNFing this and part of me wishes that I had.

Overall this was a disappointing, okay read.