Friday, October 14, 2016

Is it a case impossible to solve?

Book review: The Daemoniac by Kat Ross. Blog tour organized by Xpresso Book Tours

Title: The Daemoniac

Author: Kat Ross

Publisher: Acorn Publishing (October 12, 2016)

Pages: 269

Blurb: It's August of 1888, just three weeks before Jack the Ripper will begin his grisly spree in the London slum of Whitechapel, and another serial murderer is stalking the gas-lit streets of New York. With taunting messages in backwards Latin left at the crime scenes and even more inexplicable clues like the fingerprints that appear to have been burned into one victim's throat, his handiwork bears all the hallmarks of a demonic possession.

But consulting detective Harrison Fearing Pell is convinced her quarry is a man of flesh and blood. Encouraged by her uncle, Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry hopes to make her reputation by solving the bizarre case before the man the press has dubbed Mr. Hyde strikes again.

From the squalor of the Five Points to the high-class gambling dens of the Tenderloin and the glittering mansions of Fifth Avenue, Harry and her best friend, John Weston, follow the trail of a remorseless killer, uncovering a few embarrassing secrets of New York's richest High Society families along the way. Are the murders a case of black magic—or simple blackmail? And will the trail lead them closer to home than they ever imagined?

Comment: I didn´t know what to expect when I started this book. The supernatural mystery is the center of the story. The complex plot and characters keep you stuck on the book. There are no lulls and there are many twists and turns.

Harry is a surprising character. She is dauntless, smart, and wants to stop leaving in the shadow of her sister Myrtle, who is a famous detective.

“I was turning to leave when I heard a noise. It had a wet, squealing quality that made my skin crawl. With very little effort, my mind conjured up the image of a deer carcass being dressed with a sharp knife.”

With her loyal friend´s help, Harry investigates a series of murders; it becomes a hunt for the serial murderer. It´s dangerous and many times you catch yourself fearing for her life.

The book reminds me Sherlock Holmes´ stories. The events are very well arranged in the story, the pieces of the mystery fit perfectly, and everything makes sense. Kat Ross did a brilliant job because it´s difficult to write such a complex story.

Each chapter has new elements to make you think. In the middle of the book, I had some suspects, but only in the end I could figure out who was the murder.

It is a captivating book; the descriptiveness of the author transports you to 1888.

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