Author: Quenby Olson
Genre: Historical, Supernatural, Mystery
To Be Published: August 25th, 2015
Dorothea Hawes has no wish to renew contact with what lies beyond the veil. After an attempt to take her own life, she has retired into seclusion, but as the wounds on her body heal, she is drawn back into a world she wants nothing more than to avoid.
She is sought out by Julian Chissick, a former man of God who wants her help in discovering who is behind the gruesome murder of a young woman. But the manner of death is all too familiar to Dorothea, and she begins to fear that something even more terrible is about to unleash itself on London.
And so Dorothea risks her life and her sanity in order to save people who are oblivious to the threat that hovers over them. It is a task that forces her into a confrontation with her own lurid past, and tests her ability to shape events frighteningly beyond her control.
NOTE: I received a copy of this ebook through the Juniper Grove Review Library, with permission from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
I felt this book is where the Victorian culture meets demonic possession. That in itself made the whole read fun to see how it all clicked together.
I found there to be a quaint mystery that rose to an intense climax where Miss Hawes had to face off against her past and her future in one intense scene.
I liked the character quirks that the author injected like Chissick who was always touching his hat, for example. The polite speech and dedication to good manners is a reflection to the times. I also noticed that the author had a knack for painting graphic descriptions of the impoverish London, sometimes to gruesome, realistic details.
The portrayal of the psychic readings amongst the gifted charlatans was touched on and I enjoyed the characters behind it as it was a way of living. London being a harsh city at times, bred (sometimes) harsh people. The shaking, floating table was a must-have and I was delighted when it happened.
The characters did feel a bit passive at times. Thea in particular sometimes seemed too reserved when interacting with the reader and sometimes it came off as distant. I admit, I was intrigued with the story behind her scars.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
AUTHOR LINKS: Amazon Author's Page | Twitter @QEisenacher | Facebook | Goodreads