Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
Wonderful Character Development
I absolutely adored the way the MC, Audrey, developed over the course of the story. Her changes were subtle and realistic and definitely followed the in accordance with the story. It also made me like her that much more than from the beginning of the story, even as I understood why she was the way she was at the beginning of the story. I loved her by the end!
Who did it?
One thing that really bothered me about this book was how quickly I deduced who the murderer was. This was disappointing because the whole point of the story is trying to figure it out and yet, by page 100, I already knew who the killer was. Perhaps I should have then looked for why, but I didn’t care anymore. All I could think about was why no one else in the book seemed aware of who the killer was, but it was likely due to the manner in which the character was approached that allowed me to determine who they were so early on. (and no, I don’t read mysteries very often. So, it’s not like I’m well practiced in this either.)
As a woman, I love reading historical fiction so much because it makes me so angry! I look at the way society used to treat women and the restrictions put upon them, especially when they were of finer stock than the plebians and it makes me so angry! I wish I could jump into the book and tell everyone off. Yet, that’s one of the reasons I love reading historical fiction and this book doesn’t disappoint.
The world building in this book is very good, immersing the reader right back into historical London. It’s complete with its societal expectations, its blatant gender inequality, and wonderful means of subterfuge. Things are so much more interesting when certain, restrictive rules are set upon the characters and it made this story that much more interesting to read!