I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Sixth Victim by Tessa Harris
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on May 30th 2017
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London s East End, 1888: When darkness falls, terror begins... The foggy streets of London s Whitechapel district have become a nocturnal hunting ground for Jack the Ripper, and no woman is safe. Flower girl Constance Piper is not immune to dread, but she is more preoccupied with her own strange experiences of late. Clairvoyants seem to be everywhere these days. Constance s mother has found comfort in contacting her late father in a seance. But are such powers real? And could Constance really be possessed of second sight? She longs for the wise counsel of her mentor and champion of the poor, Emily Tindall, but the kind missionary has gone missing. Following the latest grisly discovery, Constance is contacted by a high-born lady of means who fears the victim may be her missing sister. She implores Constance to use her clairvoyance to help solve the crime, which the press is calling the Whitechapel Mystery, attributing the murder to the Ripper. As Constance becomes embroiled in intrigue far more sinister than she could have imagined, assistance comes in a startling manner that profoundly challenges her assumptions about the nature of reality. She ll need all the help she can get because there may be more than one depraved killer out there...
There’s blood in the air. Again.
Here is what I thought
Okay so honestly I am really confused about this book. I so wanted to love it but it was kind of a slow go and while I sort of liked it I also sort of didn’t so I am confused as to what I want to rate it.
It’s set in the days of Jack the Ripper, London, 1888 and the descriptions of the killings are a bit gory (though I have read about them before). It’s told in two different POV’s and this is where at times it gets confusing. There are a lot of things going on as not only is there the mystery surrounding the sixth victim, but a Doctor’s wife is missing and her sister is searching for her, and there is the second POV’s mystery.
Constance and her family are pretty poor and she is known as the flower girl because she mostly tries to sell flower to the richer people. While her sister is a pickpocket and pretty good at it. While at a magic type show she has her first strange thing happen to her and she doesn’t know exactly what happened. She slowly finds out that she is Clairvoyants which is not really a good thing because there are fakes all over the place and so not many people would really believe her. Constance wishes more than anything to talk to her teacher but she has gone missing.
There is one person who thinks that maybe she can help and that is Pauline who is the sister who fears that he sixth victim could be her sister. She urges Constance to use her second sight to try and find out what has happened to her. Constance has some frightening dreams and is assisted by someone she knows.
I really feel like I can’t say much about it in fear of giving to much away and that even means telling you who the second POV is, but I can tell you I struggled with this one. In the end, I was intrigued by it but I think the author just had to many storylines going even though they all wrapped up in the end it just made for a heavier read at least for me.
As I look at the reviews on goodreads I am beginning to think it was just me as it seems a lot of people enjoyed this one. It’s the first one in a series and I really think it was kind of setting things up a bit for how the series will be with Constance second sight and…well I just can’t say. 🙂 I might give the second one a try and see if I like it better, I am just not sure yet.
I think it had a lot of potential it just didn’t work for me. I don’t know if I would recommend it but I do think if you like this type then you might try it as you might end up liking it better than me.
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