The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin

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The Wicked Cometh
Laura Carlin
General Fiction (Adult) , Historical Fiction
Hodder & Stoughton
01 Feb 2018
£12.99 (GBP)


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. . .

A compelling page-turner from a gifted new voice in historical fiction, The Wicked Cometh is the perfect read for fans of The Witchfinder's SisterFingersmith and The Essex Serpent.

Set in the slums of 1830’s London, this story gives a Gothic style description of the life of Hester White who worked herself up in society. Later in life her past catches up and starts hunting her.

The story is a bit slow, writing style lyrical but the character building was good. Somewhere on the way the story gets lost though and turns from a page turner into a ‘I want to get this book to be over’. It turns unrealistic, unbelievable and predictable.

It’s not mine BUT there’s loads of people who’d disagree with me and that’s fine. 3 Stars from me though, sadly because it could have been more if the ending would have been better.


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