Title: The Angel of Bishopsgate (The Darker Cities #1)
Author: Eloise Reuben
Publication Date: February 19, 2019
Genre: Historical, Mystery and Thriller
A terrifying villain. A young woman desperate for answers. Danger and intrigue in Victorian London.
In 1848, Tessie and Finn struggle each day and dream of life far away in the New World, but when Tessie is attacked by an underworld figure known only as the Angel of Bishopsgate, her fight for survival has only just begun.
Separated from her beloved Finn, and oblivious to why the Angel wants her dead, her only clue points home to Dublin, and a past she thought would never find her.
Battling her way from the treacherous Old Nichol slums, and navigating the sparkling upper-classes, how will Tessie survive this game of cat-and-mouse with the city’s most notorious villain?
Why This Book
Historical fiction has never been something I’ve ever been interested in. It was something weird my mom used to read when I was a kid, with strange covers and dense text where people talked strangely. Says the girl who used to read fantasy novels with colorful fantasy creatures on the covers and text where the people talked strangely. But I carried over that belief into adulthood, so refused to touch historical fiction. And then came a review request for The Angel of Bishopsgate, and I was so intrigued I decided to take a chance. Thanks to this book I’ve learned historical fiction can be good and maybe something I’d actually be interested in reading more of. Since then, I’ve picked up a few here and there. I wouldn’t say it’s a preferred genre, but I think I’m a little more interested in it than before. Especially if it’s set during the Jazz Age, but definitely not Fitzgerald.
My review: “This is a complex novel with pieces that work brilliantly together, from the amazing characters to the breathtaking story to the wild adventures across Dublin and London. Definitely an historical fiction novel I’m glad to have read!”
Julie Haiselden gave this 3.5 stars, saying “This might not be for devotees of accurate historical backdrops but, nonetheless, it’s a neat and tidy story with a competent structure. It certainly never flagged and what it lacked in depth, it made up for in drama”
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