As they pursue Jonathan’s abductors from England to the Low Countries and beyond, Mina realizes that Jonathan’s abduction is tied to a larger threat against humanity…
I’m going to be honest here. If this book hadn’t come to us as a review request, I never would have willingly chosen to read it if I’d simply stumbled across it on Amazon. Even though I’m a fan of horror and paranormal stories—as well as indie authors who have exceptional cover designs as this one does—historical period pieces just aren’t my thing. To the author’s great credit however, I found my biases quickly slipping away as the story began moving at a brisk pace after a bit of background storytelling to set the scene and provide context.
One facet I noticed immediately is that the entire book is told in the first-person perspective of Mina Murray. Honestly, I found this method of narration to be a bit limiting at first as it only provides the reader with her view, thoughts, feelings and interpretations of events and other characters. And yet once again, the author was able to distract me from this minor oddity with crisp dialogue, interesting characters and a series of unexpected plot twists.
And now we come to the “nitpicky quibbles” portion of the review.
Overall, The Beast of London is an exceptional book with compelling characters, an intricate plot and plenty of “I didn’t see that coming” moments. While it’s not nearly as gritty or raw as many modern horror novels, it’s an exceptionally fast read, especially since I often found myself unable to put it down. The best part? Book 2 in the series, Fortress of Blood is already out and book 3 is in the works.
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