Book Review | The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

“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”

DNF’d at 70%

The synopsis of this book is so gripping but unfortunately, the book is not. I requested this book because of the mystery elements promised but it was kind of ignored after the first 10%. We know people are going missing but that’s about it. I really, really struggled with this. book There is not enough intrigue and the pace was very slow. I was bored for the entire time and it got to the point where it was becoming a chore to pick it up.

I thought the romance between Hester and Rebekah would be a redeeming factor because a lesbian romance set in the 1800’s – yes please! – but it also fell flat for me. There didn’t seem to be any chemistry and was a bit instalove-y (which we all know I HATE).

It was the longest 7 hours I have ever spent on a book.


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