The Wicked Cometh

The Wicked Cometh

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 The year is 1831 Down the murky alleyways of London, acts of unspeakable wickedness are taking place and no...

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Title:The Wicked Cometh
Author:Laura Carlin
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Genres:Historical
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:337 pages pages

The Wicked Cometh Reviews

  • Sara
    Mar 16, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

  • Jane
    Jan 21, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

    gimme. ...

    On a dark winter night, a book that promised to draw me back into the 19th century, into a story of family secrets and terrible crimes, called to me. It began with a newspaper report. ?This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of c...

  • Angela Smith
    Mar 06, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

    gimme. ...

    On a dark winter night, a book that promised to draw me back into the 19th century, into a story of family secrets and terrible crimes, called to me. It began with a newspaper report. ?This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of c...

    This book, set in the murky sub-world of Victorian London, and beautifully written in Victorian-style prose, tells the story of Hester White, a young educated orphan, who has fallen upon very hard times. When being involved in an accident offers Hester the opportunity to move up in the...

    Hester Hester what a character you are. How I loved being dragged into your world. I say dragged as it?s a fully immersive experience and the stench and squalor of your London is not for the faint hearted but what a journey it was! A girl from a poor family, raised by a rough coup...

    This was quite an atmospheric novel in the way it paints 1800's London. But I found it difficult to get into the story. In a lot of ways it was very similar with Sarah Water's The Fingersmith. I can fault the writing and setting it's just wasn't original enough, it resembled me other ...

    A gothic, engrossing read about a young woman living in the far depths of poverty who is given the chance to change her circumstances and live among the gentry in London, 1831. After tragically losing her parents, young Hester White is taken in by her gardener's family where she lives ...

    Following a narrow escape from under the wheels of a carriage, Hester is taken under the wing of a handsome young surgeon, Calder Brock, who, in an echo of Pygmalion, sets out to educate her in an effort to prove that the poor are capable of education. Hester finds herself drawn to Cal...

    This Victorian, gothic, lesbian excellence. I ADORED. The crafting and pacing of the story were wonderful, the writing was stunning (just ethereal honestly), the characters captivating. The ending? incredible. The novel keeps you gripped and takes you places you don't quite expe...

    In brief - Decent enough read, story was ok and characters were good. More than a 3, less than a 4 and rounded up for now. In full I found the start of this book very atmospheric. Set in the London of 1831,it talks about the reported disappearance of Master Hogget. He is not the on...

    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com The Wicked Cometh was a mixed bag for me. Firstly, I loved the way this book was written. It evoked a real sense of time and place, and you could imagine being there with Hester as she navigates and lives among the shady characters of murky 1800'...

    A glorious, gothic mystery story that felt like a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint from Doctor Who. Victorian mystery solving ladies! I loved it. (14+) *Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material...

    To see all of my book-related content, check out my blog @ http://bit.ly/2zzVt0R With The Wicked Cometh having near-universally positive reviews, I suppose this will stand as an unpopular opinion. Yeah, I?m not shocked either.. You know how some books you can hate and still unde...

    I'm in love with this book. Ever since I last put it down, it's crossed my mind repeatedly. I get excited to keep reading and then sadly remember I've already finished it. This book deserves a MUCH higher rating than it has on Goodreads. Laura Carlin writes with the most beau...

    Well it was a good book and I found it easy to have read big chunks of it without realising so many pages had been read. In other words it told a good story and had a rather unconventional relationship (for the time it was set in) I hadn't been expecting it going into the book but it w...

  • MaryannC.Book Fiend
    May 15, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

    gimme. ...

    On a dark winter night, a book that promised to draw me back into the 19th century, into a story of family secrets and terrible crimes, called to me. It began with a newspaper report. ?This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of c...

    This book, set in the murky sub-world of Victorian London, and beautifully written in Victorian-style prose, tells the story of Hester White, a young educated orphan, who has fallen upon very hard times. When being involved in an accident offers Hester the opportunity to move up in the...

    Hester Hester what a character you are. How I loved being dragged into your world. I say dragged as it?s a fully immersive experience and the stench and squalor of your London is not for the faint hearted but what a journey it was! A girl from a poor family, raised by a rough coup...

    This was quite an atmospheric novel in the way it paints 1800's London. But I found it difficult to get into the story. In a lot of ways it was very similar with Sarah Water's The Fingersmith. I can fault the writing and setting it's just wasn't original enough, it resembled me other ...

    A gothic, engrossing read about a young woman living in the far depths of poverty who is given the chance to change her circumstances and live among the gentry in London, 1831. After tragically losing her parents, young Hester White is taken in by her gardener's family where she lives ...

  • Rachel
    Oct 26, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

  • Lauren James
    Sep 05, 2017

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

    gimme. ...

    On a dark winter night, a book that promised to draw me back into the 19th century, into a story of family secrets and terrible crimes, called to me. It began with a newspaper report. ?This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of c...

    This book, set in the murky sub-world of Victorian London, and beautifully written in Victorian-style prose, tells the story of Hester White, a young educated orphan, who has fallen upon very hard times. When being involved in an accident offers Hester the opportunity to move up in the...

    Hester Hester what a character you are. How I loved being dragged into your world. I say dragged as it?s a fully immersive experience and the stench and squalor of your London is not for the faint hearted but what a journey it was! A girl from a poor family, raised by a rough coup...

    This was quite an atmospheric novel in the way it paints 1800's London. But I found it difficult to get into the story. In a lot of ways it was very similar with Sarah Water's The Fingersmith. I can fault the writing and setting it's just wasn't original enough, it resembled me other ...

    A gothic, engrossing read about a young woman living in the far depths of poverty who is given the chance to change her circumstances and live among the gentry in London, 1831. After tragically losing her parents, young Hester White is taken in by her gardener's family where she lives ...

    Following a narrow escape from under the wheels of a carriage, Hester is taken under the wing of a handsome young surgeon, Calder Brock, who, in an echo of Pygmalion, sets out to educate her in an effort to prove that the poor are capable of education. Hester finds herself drawn to Cal...

    This Victorian, gothic, lesbian excellence. I ADORED. The crafting and pacing of the story were wonderful, the writing was stunning (just ethereal honestly), the characters captivating. The ending? incredible. The novel keeps you gripped and takes you places you don't quite expe...

    In brief - Decent enough read, story was ok and characters were good. More than a 3, less than a 4 and rounded up for now. In full I found the start of this book very atmospheric. Set in the London of 1831,it talks about the reported disappearance of Master Hogget. He is not the on...

    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com The Wicked Cometh was a mixed bag for me. Firstly, I loved the way this book was written. It evoked a real sense of time and place, and you could imagine being there with Hester as she navigates and lives among the shady characters of murky 1800'...

    A glorious, gothic mystery story that felt like a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint from Doctor Who. Victorian mystery solving ladies! I loved it. (14+) *Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material...

    To see all of my book-related content, check out my blog @ http://bit.ly/2zzVt0R With The Wicked Cometh having near-universally positive reviews, I suppose this will stand as an unpopular opinion. Yeah, I?m not shocked either.. You know how some books you can hate and still unde...

    I'm in love with this book. Ever since I last put it down, it's crossed my mind repeatedly. I get excited to keep reading and then sadly remember I've already finished it. This book deserves a MUCH higher rating than it has on Goodreads. Laura Carlin writes with the most beau...

    Well it was a good book and I found it easy to have read big chunks of it without realising so many pages had been read. In other words it told a good story and had a rather unconventional relationship (for the time it was set in) I hadn't been expecting it going into the book but it w...

    Thank you to Netgalley, Hodder and Stoughton and Laura Carlin for my ARC of The Wicked Cometh in exchange for an honest review. I?m really cheering Laura on as an author since I found out that like me, she lives in Derbyshire! It?s always great to discover an author from your o...

    I like historical fiction and the blurb really drew me in. Indeed I was hooked in the beginning. Set in 1830's London, the feel felt very Dickensian with cobbled streets; backstreet alleyways; a sensory overload; and gentry vying for space in and amongst the poor going about their dail...

    Starting in London in 1830, we are introduced to Hester White, told about her life and her reasons for being where she is.  When she is involved in an accident and taken in by the wealthy Brock family she thinks she may be on the  up.  What starts as an amiable situation takes a tur...

    The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin takes you on a trip back in time to Victorian London and the trials of being poor and living in slum conditions. I really liked the beginning of the book and the character of Hannah, but when she teamed up with Rebekah to try and solve the mystery of t...

    With overtones of FINGERSMITH and THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE, this is a historical read for anyone who wants diversity in their gritty Dickensian rags-to-riches-and-back-again coming of age novel. Slow to start, it quickly picks up the pace and was a delightful romp. I can't wait ...

  • Ova - Excuse My Reading
    May 04, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

    gimme. ...

    On a dark winter night, a book that promised to draw me back into the 19th century, into a story of family secrets and terrible crimes, called to me. It began with a newspaper report. ?This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of c...

    This book, set in the murky sub-world of Victorian London, and beautifully written in Victorian-style prose, tells the story of Hester White, a young educated orphan, who has fallen upon very hard times. When being involved in an accident offers Hester the opportunity to move up in the...

    Hester Hester what a character you are. How I loved being dragged into your world. I say dragged as it?s a fully immersive experience and the stench and squalor of your London is not for the faint hearted but what a journey it was! A girl from a poor family, raised by a rough coup...

    This was quite an atmospheric novel in the way it paints 1800's London. But I found it difficult to get into the story. In a lot of ways it was very similar with Sarah Water's The Fingersmith. I can fault the writing and setting it's just wasn't original enough, it resembled me other ...

  • Simon
    Feb 15, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

  • Cathy
    Feb 09, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

    gimme. ...

    On a dark winter night, a book that promised to draw me back into the 19th century, into a story of family secrets and terrible crimes, called to me. It began with a newspaper report. ?This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of c...

    This book, set in the murky sub-world of Victorian London, and beautifully written in Victorian-style prose, tells the story of Hester White, a young educated orphan, who has fallen upon very hard times. When being involved in an accident offers Hester the opportunity to move up in the...

    Hester Hester what a character you are. How I loved being dragged into your world. I say dragged as it?s a fully immersive experience and the stench and squalor of your London is not for the faint hearted but what a journey it was! A girl from a poor family, raised by a rough coup...

    This was quite an atmospheric novel in the way it paints 1800's London. But I found it difficult to get into the story. In a lot of ways it was very similar with Sarah Water's The Fingersmith. I can fault the writing and setting it's just wasn't original enough, it resembled me other ...

    A gothic, engrossing read about a young woman living in the far depths of poverty who is given the chance to change her circumstances and live among the gentry in London, 1831. After tragically losing her parents, young Hester White is taken in by her gardener's family where she lives ...

    Following a narrow escape from under the wheels of a carriage, Hester is taken under the wing of a handsome young surgeon, Calder Brock, who, in an echo of Pygmalion, sets out to educate her in an effort to prove that the poor are capable of education. Hester finds herself drawn to Cal...

  • Mackenzi
    Jan 04, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

    gimme. ...

  • Emma
    Sep 27, 2017

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    Jan 26, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

  • Laura
    Feb 06, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

    gimme. ...

    On a dark winter night, a book that promised to draw me back into the 19th century, into a story of family secrets and terrible crimes, called to me. It began with a newspaper report. ?This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of c...

    This book, set in the murky sub-world of Victorian London, and beautifully written in Victorian-style prose, tells the story of Hester White, a young educated orphan, who has fallen upon very hard times. When being involved in an accident offers Hester the opportunity to move up in the...

    Hester Hester what a character you are. How I loved being dragged into your world. I say dragged as it?s a fully immersive experience and the stench and squalor of your London is not for the faint hearted but what a journey it was! A girl from a poor family, raised by a rough coup...

    This was quite an atmospheric novel in the way it paints 1800's London. But I found it difficult to get into the story. In a lot of ways it was very similar with Sarah Water's The Fingersmith. I can fault the writing and setting it's just wasn't original enough, it resembled me other ...

    A gothic, engrossing read about a young woman living in the far depths of poverty who is given the chance to change her circumstances and live among the gentry in London, 1831. After tragically losing her parents, young Hester White is taken in by her gardener's family where she lives ...

    Following a narrow escape from under the wheels of a carriage, Hester is taken under the wing of a handsome young surgeon, Calder Brock, who, in an echo of Pygmalion, sets out to educate her in an effort to prove that the poor are capable of education. Hester finds herself drawn to Cal...

    This Victorian, gothic, lesbian excellence. I ADORED. The crafting and pacing of the story were wonderful, the writing was stunning (just ethereal honestly), the characters captivating. The ending? incredible. The novel keeps you gripped and takes you places you don't quite expe...

    In brief - Decent enough read, story was ok and characters were good. More than a 3, less than a 4 and rounded up for now. In full I found the start of this book very atmospheric. Set in the London of 1831,it talks about the reported disappearance of Master Hogget. He is not the on...

    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com The Wicked Cometh was a mixed bag for me. Firstly, I loved the way this book was written. It evoked a real sense of time and place, and you could imagine being there with Hester as she navigates and lives among the shady characters of murky 1800'...

  • Nigel
    Sep 19, 2017

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

    gimme. ...

    On a dark winter night, a book that promised to draw me back into the 19th century, into a story of family secrets and terrible crimes, called to me. It began with a newspaper report. ?This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of c...

    This book, set in the murky sub-world of Victorian London, and beautifully written in Victorian-style prose, tells the story of Hester White, a young educated orphan, who has fallen upon very hard times. When being involved in an accident offers Hester the opportunity to move up in the...

    Hester Hester what a character you are. How I loved being dragged into your world. I say dragged as it?s a fully immersive experience and the stench and squalor of your London is not for the faint hearted but what a journey it was! A girl from a poor family, raised by a rough coup...

    This was quite an atmospheric novel in the way it paints 1800's London. But I found it difficult to get into the story. In a lot of ways it was very similar with Sarah Water's The Fingersmith. I can fault the writing and setting it's just wasn't original enough, it resembled me other ...

    A gothic, engrossing read about a young woman living in the far depths of poverty who is given the chance to change her circumstances and live among the gentry in London, 1831. After tragically losing her parents, young Hester White is taken in by her gardener's family where she lives ...

    Following a narrow escape from under the wheels of a carriage, Hester is taken under the wing of a handsome young surgeon, Calder Brock, who, in an echo of Pygmalion, sets out to educate her in an effort to prove that the poor are capable of education. Hester finds herself drawn to Cal...

    This Victorian, gothic, lesbian excellence. I ADORED. The crafting and pacing of the story were wonderful, the writing was stunning (just ethereal honestly), the characters captivating. The ending? incredible. The novel keeps you gripped and takes you places you don't quite expe...

    In brief - Decent enough read, story was ok and characters were good. More than a 3, less than a 4 and rounded up for now. In full I found the start of this book very atmospheric. Set in the London of 1831,it talks about the reported disappearance of Master Hogget. He is not the on...

  • Leonie Byrne
    Oct 14, 2017

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

    gimme. ...

    On a dark winter night, a book that promised to draw me back into the 19th century, into a story of family secrets and terrible crimes, called to me. It began with a newspaper report. ?This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of c...

    This book, set in the murky sub-world of Victorian London, and beautifully written in Victorian-style prose, tells the story of Hester White, a young educated orphan, who has fallen upon very hard times. When being involved in an accident offers Hester the opportunity to move up in the...

    Hester Hester what a character you are. How I loved being dragged into your world. I say dragged as it?s a fully immersive experience and the stench and squalor of your London is not for the faint hearted but what a journey it was! A girl from a poor family, raised by a rough coup...

    This was quite an atmospheric novel in the way it paints 1800's London. But I found it difficult to get into the story. In a lot of ways it was very similar with Sarah Water's The Fingersmith. I can fault the writing and setting it's just wasn't original enough, it resembled me other ...

    A gothic, engrossing read about a young woman living in the far depths of poverty who is given the chance to change her circumstances and live among the gentry in London, 1831. After tragically losing her parents, young Hester White is taken in by her gardener's family where she lives ...

    Following a narrow escape from under the wheels of a carriage, Hester is taken under the wing of a handsome young surgeon, Calder Brock, who, in an echo of Pygmalion, sets out to educate her in an effort to prove that the poor are capable of education. Hester finds herself drawn to Cal...

    This Victorian, gothic, lesbian excellence. I ADORED. The crafting and pacing of the story were wonderful, the writing was stunning (just ethereal honestly), the characters captivating. The ending? incredible. The novel keeps you gripped and takes you places you don't quite expe...

    In brief - Decent enough read, story was ok and characters were good. More than a 3, less than a 4 and rounded up for now. In full I found the start of this book very atmospheric. Set in the London of 1831,it talks about the reported disappearance of Master Hogget. He is not the on...

    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com The Wicked Cometh was a mixed bag for me. Firstly, I loved the way this book was written. It evoked a real sense of time and place, and you could imagine being there with Hester as she navigates and lives among the shady characters of murky 1800'...

    A glorious, gothic mystery story that felt like a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint from Doctor Who. Victorian mystery solving ladies! I loved it. (14+) *Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material...

    To see all of my book-related content, check out my blog @ http://bit.ly/2zzVt0R With The Wicked Cometh having near-universally positive reviews, I suppose this will stand as an unpopular opinion. Yeah, I?m not shocked either.. You know how some books you can hate and still unde...

    I'm in love with this book. Ever since I last put it down, it's crossed my mind repeatedly. I get excited to keep reading and then sadly remember I've already finished it. This book deserves a MUCH higher rating than it has on Goodreads. Laura Carlin writes with the most beau...

    Well it was a good book and I found it easy to have read big chunks of it without realising so many pages had been read. In other words it told a good story and had a rather unconventional relationship (for the time it was set in) I hadn't been expecting it going into the book but it w...

    Thank you to Netgalley, Hodder and Stoughton and Laura Carlin for my ARC of The Wicked Cometh in exchange for an honest review. I?m really cheering Laura on as an author since I found out that like me, she lives in Derbyshire! It?s always great to discover an author from your o...

  • Mandy
    Jan 16, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

  • Janet
    Feb 02, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

    gimme. ...

    On a dark winter night, a book that promised to draw me back into the 19th century, into a story of family secrets and terrible crimes, called to me. It began with a newspaper report. ?This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of c...

    This book, set in the murky sub-world of Victorian London, and beautifully written in Victorian-style prose, tells the story of Hester White, a young educated orphan, who has fallen upon very hard times. When being involved in an accident offers Hester the opportunity to move up in the...

    Hester Hester what a character you are. How I loved being dragged into your world. I say dragged as it?s a fully immersive experience and the stench and squalor of your London is not for the faint hearted but what a journey it was! A girl from a poor family, raised by a rough coup...

    This was quite an atmospheric novel in the way it paints 1800's London. But I found it difficult to get into the story. In a lot of ways it was very similar with Sarah Water's The Fingersmith. I can fault the writing and setting it's just wasn't original enough, it resembled me other ...

    A gothic, engrossing read about a young woman living in the far depths of poverty who is given the chance to change her circumstances and live among the gentry in London, 1831. After tragically losing her parents, young Hester White is taken in by her gardener's family where she lives ...

    Following a narrow escape from under the wheels of a carriage, Hester is taken under the wing of a handsome young surgeon, Calder Brock, who, in an echo of Pygmalion, sets out to educate her in an effort to prove that the poor are capable of education. Hester finds herself drawn to Cal...

    This Victorian, gothic, lesbian excellence. I ADORED. The crafting and pacing of the story were wonderful, the writing was stunning (just ethereal honestly), the characters captivating. The ending? incredible. The novel keeps you gripped and takes you places you don't quite expe...

    In brief - Decent enough read, story was ok and characters were good. More than a 3, less than a 4 and rounded up for now. In full I found the start of this book very atmospheric. Set in the London of 1831,it talks about the reported disappearance of Master Hogget. He is not the on...

    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com The Wicked Cometh was a mixed bag for me. Firstly, I loved the way this book was written. It evoked a real sense of time and place, and you could imagine being there with Hester as she navigates and lives among the shady characters of murky 1800'...

    A glorious, gothic mystery story that felt like a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint from Doctor Who. Victorian mystery solving ladies! I loved it. (14+) *Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material...

    To see all of my book-related content, check out my blog @ http://bit.ly/2zzVt0R With The Wicked Cometh having near-universally positive reviews, I suppose this will stand as an unpopular opinion. Yeah, I?m not shocked either.. You know how some books you can hate and still unde...

    I'm in love with this book. Ever since I last put it down, it's crossed my mind repeatedly. I get excited to keep reading and then sadly remember I've already finished it. This book deserves a MUCH higher rating than it has on Goodreads. Laura Carlin writes with the most beau...

    Well it was a good book and I found it easy to have read big chunks of it without realising so many pages had been read. In other words it told a good story and had a rather unconventional relationship (for the time it was set in) I hadn't been expecting it going into the book but it w...

    Thank you to Netgalley, Hodder and Stoughton and Laura Carlin for my ARC of The Wicked Cometh in exchange for an honest review. I?m really cheering Laura on as an author since I found out that like me, she lives in Derbyshire! It?s always great to discover an author from your o...

    I like historical fiction and the blurb really drew me in. Indeed I was hooked in the beginning. Set in 1830's London, the feel felt very Dickensian with cobbled streets; backstreet alleyways; a sensory overload; and gentry vying for space in and amongst the poor going about their dail...

  • Robin Stevens
    Apr 12, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

    gimme. ...

    On a dark winter night, a book that promised to draw me back into the 19th century, into a story of family secrets and terrible crimes, called to me. It began with a newspaper report. ?This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of c...

    This book, set in the murky sub-world of Victorian London, and beautifully written in Victorian-style prose, tells the story of Hester White, a young educated orphan, who has fallen upon very hard times. When being involved in an accident offers Hester the opportunity to move up in the...

    Hester Hester what a character you are. How I loved being dragged into your world. I say dragged as it?s a fully immersive experience and the stench and squalor of your London is not for the faint hearted but what a journey it was! A girl from a poor family, raised by a rough coup...

    This was quite an atmospheric novel in the way it paints 1800's London. But I found it difficult to get into the story. In a lot of ways it was very similar with Sarah Water's The Fingersmith. I can fault the writing and setting it's just wasn't original enough, it resembled me other ...

    A gothic, engrossing read about a young woman living in the far depths of poverty who is given the chance to change her circumstances and live among the gentry in London, 1831. After tragically losing her parents, young Hester White is taken in by her gardener's family where she lives ...

    Following a narrow escape from under the wheels of a carriage, Hester is taken under the wing of a handsome young surgeon, Calder Brock, who, in an echo of Pygmalion, sets out to educate her in an effort to prove that the poor are capable of education. Hester finds herself drawn to Cal...

    This Victorian, gothic, lesbian excellence. I ADORED. The crafting and pacing of the story were wonderful, the writing was stunning (just ethereal honestly), the characters captivating. The ending? incredible. The novel keeps you gripped and takes you places you don't quite expe...

    In brief - Decent enough read, story was ok and characters were good. More than a 3, less than a 4 and rounded up for now. In full I found the start of this book very atmospheric. Set in the London of 1831,it talks about the reported disappearance of Master Hogget. He is not the on...

    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com The Wicked Cometh was a mixed bag for me. Firstly, I loved the way this book was written. It evoked a real sense of time and place, and you could imagine being there with Hester as she navigates and lives among the shady characters of murky 1800'...

    A glorious, gothic mystery story that felt like a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint from Doctor Who. Victorian mystery solving ladies! I loved it. (14+) *Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material...

  • Umut Reviews
    Mar 30, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

  • Thebooktrail
    Dec 07, 2017

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

    gimme. ...

    On a dark winter night, a book that promised to draw me back into the 19th century, into a story of family secrets and terrible crimes, called to me. It began with a newspaper report. ?This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of c...

    This book, set in the murky sub-world of Victorian London, and beautifully written in Victorian-style prose, tells the story of Hester White, a young educated orphan, who has fallen upon very hard times. When being involved in an accident offers Hester the opportunity to move up in the...

    Hester Hester what a character you are. How I loved being dragged into your world. I say dragged as it?s a fully immersive experience and the stench and squalor of your London is not for the faint hearted but what a journey it was! A girl from a poor family, raised by a rough coup...

  • Emma
    Nov 11, 2017

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

  • kerrie
    Sep 14, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

    gimme. ...

    On a dark winter night, a book that promised to draw me back into the 19th century, into a story of family secrets and terrible crimes, called to me. It began with a newspaper report. ?This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of c...

    This book, set in the murky sub-world of Victorian London, and beautifully written in Victorian-style prose, tells the story of Hester White, a young educated orphan, who has fallen upon very hard times. When being involved in an accident offers Hester the opportunity to move up in the...

    Hester Hester what a character you are. How I loved being dragged into your world. I say dragged as it?s a fully immersive experience and the stench and squalor of your London is not for the faint hearted but what a journey it was! A girl from a poor family, raised by a rough coup...

    This was quite an atmospheric novel in the way it paints 1800's London. But I found it difficult to get into the story. In a lot of ways it was very similar with Sarah Water's The Fingersmith. I can fault the writing and setting it's just wasn't original enough, it resembled me other ...

    A gothic, engrossing read about a young woman living in the far depths of poverty who is given the chance to change her circumstances and live among the gentry in London, 1831. After tragically losing her parents, young Hester White is taken in by her gardener's family where she lives ...

    Following a narrow escape from under the wheels of a carriage, Hester is taken under the wing of a handsome young surgeon, Calder Brock, who, in an echo of Pygmalion, sets out to educate her in an effort to prove that the poor are capable of education. Hester finds herself drawn to Cal...

    This Victorian, gothic, lesbian excellence. I ADORED. The crafting and pacing of the story were wonderful, the writing was stunning (just ethereal honestly), the characters captivating. The ending? incredible. The novel keeps you gripped and takes you places you don't quite expe...

  • Yvonne
    Jan 17, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

    gimme. ...

    On a dark winter night, a book that promised to draw me back into the 19th century, into a story of family secrets and terrible crimes, called to me. It began with a newspaper report. ?This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of c...

    This book, set in the murky sub-world of Victorian London, and beautifully written in Victorian-style prose, tells the story of Hester White, a young educated orphan, who has fallen upon very hard times. When being involved in an accident offers Hester the opportunity to move up in the...

    Hester Hester what a character you are. How I loved being dragged into your world. I say dragged as it?s a fully immersive experience and the stench and squalor of your London is not for the faint hearted but what a journey it was! A girl from a poor family, raised by a rough coup...

    This was quite an atmospheric novel in the way it paints 1800's London. But I found it difficult to get into the story. In a lot of ways it was very similar with Sarah Water's The Fingersmith. I can fault the writing and setting it's just wasn't original enough, it resembled me other ...

    A gothic, engrossing read about a young woman living in the far depths of poverty who is given the chance to change her circumstances and live among the gentry in London, 1831. After tragically losing her parents, young Hester White is taken in by her gardener's family where she lives ...

    Following a narrow escape from under the wheels of a carriage, Hester is taken under the wing of a handsome young surgeon, Calder Brock, who, in an echo of Pygmalion, sets out to educate her in an effort to prove that the poor are capable of education. Hester finds herself drawn to Cal...

    This Victorian, gothic, lesbian excellence. I ADORED. The crafting and pacing of the story were wonderful, the writing was stunning (just ethereal honestly), the characters captivating. The ending? incredible. The novel keeps you gripped and takes you places you don't quite expe...

    In brief - Decent enough read, story was ok and characters were good. More than a 3, less than a 4 and rounded up for now. In full I found the start of this book very atmospheric. Set in the London of 1831,it talks about the reported disappearance of Master Hogget. He is not the on...

    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com The Wicked Cometh was a mixed bag for me. Firstly, I loved the way this book was written. It evoked a real sense of time and place, and you could imagine being there with Hester as she navigates and lives among the shady characters of murky 1800'...

    A glorious, gothic mystery story that felt like a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint from Doctor Who. Victorian mystery solving ladies! I loved it. (14+) *Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material...

    To see all of my book-related content, check out my blog @ http://bit.ly/2zzVt0R With The Wicked Cometh having near-universally positive reviews, I suppose this will stand as an unpopular opinion. Yeah, I?m not shocked either.. You know how some books you can hate and still unde...

    I'm in love with this book. Ever since I last put it down, it's crossed my mind repeatedly. I get excited to keep reading and then sadly remember I've already finished it. This book deserves a MUCH higher rating than it has on Goodreads. Laura Carlin writes with the most beau...

    Well it was a good book and I found it easy to have read big chunks of it without realising so many pages had been read. In other words it told a good story and had a rather unconventional relationship (for the time it was set in) I hadn't been expecting it going into the book but it w...

    Thank you to Netgalley, Hodder and Stoughton and Laura Carlin for my ARC of The Wicked Cometh in exchange for an honest review. I?m really cheering Laura on as an author since I found out that like me, she lives in Derbyshire! It?s always great to discover an author from your o...

    I like historical fiction and the blurb really drew me in. Indeed I was hooked in the beginning. Set in 1830's London, the feel felt very Dickensian with cobbled streets; backstreet alleyways; a sensory overload; and gentry vying for space in and amongst the poor going about their dail...

    Starting in London in 1830, we are introduced to Hester White, told about her life and her reasons for being where she is.  When she is involved in an accident and taken in by the wealthy Brock family she thinks she may be on the  up.  What starts as an amiable situation takes a tur...

  • Rosemary Standeven
    Feb 08, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

    gimme. ...

    On a dark winter night, a book that promised to draw me back into the 19th century, into a story of family secrets and terrible crimes, called to me. It began with a newspaper report. ?This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of c...

    This book, set in the murky sub-world of Victorian London, and beautifully written in Victorian-style prose, tells the story of Hester White, a young educated orphan, who has fallen upon very hard times. When being involved in an accident offers Hester the opportunity to move up in the...

  • Paromjit
    Jan 18, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

  • Louise Wilson
    Jan 31, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

  • Eve K
    Mar 02, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

    gimme. ...

    On a dark winter night, a book that promised to draw me back into the 19th century, into a story of family secrets and terrible crimes, called to me. It began with a newspaper report. ?This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of c...

    This book, set in the murky sub-world of Victorian London, and beautifully written in Victorian-style prose, tells the story of Hester White, a young educated orphan, who has fallen upon very hard times. When being involved in an accident offers Hester the opportunity to move up in the...

    Hester Hester what a character you are. How I loved being dragged into your world. I say dragged as it?s a fully immersive experience and the stench and squalor of your London is not for the faint hearted but what a journey it was! A girl from a poor family, raised by a rough coup...

    This was quite an atmospheric novel in the way it paints 1800's London. But I found it difficult to get into the story. In a lot of ways it was very similar with Sarah Water's The Fingersmith. I can fault the writing and setting it's just wasn't original enough, it resembled me other ...

    A gothic, engrossing read about a young woman living in the far depths of poverty who is given the chance to change her circumstances and live among the gentry in London, 1831. After tragically losing her parents, young Hester White is taken in by her gardener's family where she lives ...

    Following a narrow escape from under the wheels of a carriage, Hester is taken under the wing of a handsome young surgeon, Calder Brock, who, in an echo of Pygmalion, sets out to educate her in an effort to prove that the poor are capable of education. Hester finds herself drawn to Cal...

    This Victorian, gothic, lesbian excellence. I ADORED. The crafting and pacing of the story were wonderful, the writing was stunning (just ethereal honestly), the characters captivating. The ending? incredible. The novel keeps you gripped and takes you places you don't quite expe...

    In brief - Decent enough read, story was ok and characters were good. More than a 3, less than a 4 and rounded up for now. In full I found the start of this book very atmospheric. Set in the London of 1831,it talks about the reported disappearance of Master Hogget. He is not the on...

    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com The Wicked Cometh was a mixed bag for me. Firstly, I loved the way this book was written. It evoked a real sense of time and place, and you could imagine being there with Hester as she navigates and lives among the shady characters of murky 1800'...

    A glorious, gothic mystery story that felt like a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint from Doctor Who. Victorian mystery solving ladies! I loved it. (14+) *Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material...

    To see all of my book-related content, check out my blog @ http://bit.ly/2zzVt0R With The Wicked Cometh having near-universally positive reviews, I suppose this will stand as an unpopular opinion. Yeah, I?m not shocked either.. You know how some books you can hate and still unde...

    I'm in love with this book. Ever since I last put it down, it's crossed my mind repeatedly. I get excited to keep reading and then sadly remember I've already finished it. This book deserves a MUCH higher rating than it has on Goodreads. Laura Carlin writes with the most beau...

  • Lucy Banks
    Sep 21, 2017

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

  • Pauline
    Nov 26, 2017

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

    gimme. ...

    On a dark winter night, a book that promised to draw me back into the 19th century, into a story of family secrets and terrible crimes, called to me. It began with a newspaper report. ?This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of c...

    This book, set in the murky sub-world of Victorian London, and beautifully written in Victorian-style prose, tells the story of Hester White, a young educated orphan, who has fallen upon very hard times. When being involved in an accident offers Hester the opportunity to move up in the...

    Hester Hester what a character you are. How I loved being dragged into your world. I say dragged as it?s a fully immersive experience and the stench and squalor of your London is not for the faint hearted but what a journey it was! A girl from a poor family, raised by a rough coup...

    This was quite an atmospheric novel in the way it paints 1800's London. But I found it difficult to get into the story. In a lot of ways it was very similar with Sarah Water's The Fingersmith. I can fault the writing and setting it's just wasn't original enough, it resembled me other ...

    A gothic, engrossing read about a young woman living in the far depths of poverty who is given the chance to change her circumstances and live among the gentry in London, 1831. After tragically losing her parents, young Hester White is taken in by her gardener's family where she lives ...

    Following a narrow escape from under the wheels of a carriage, Hester is taken under the wing of a handsome young surgeon, Calder Brock, who, in an echo of Pygmalion, sets out to educate her in an effort to prove that the poor are capable of education. Hester finds herself drawn to Cal...

    This Victorian, gothic, lesbian excellence. I ADORED. The crafting and pacing of the story were wonderful, the writing was stunning (just ethereal honestly), the characters captivating. The ending? incredible. The novel keeps you gripped and takes you places you don't quite expe...

    In brief - Decent enough read, story was ok and characters were good. More than a 3, less than a 4 and rounded up for now. In full I found the start of this book very atmospheric. Set in the London of 1831,it talks about the reported disappearance of Master Hogget. He is not the on...

    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com The Wicked Cometh was a mixed bag for me. Firstly, I loved the way this book was written. It evoked a real sense of time and place, and you could imagine being there with Hester as she navigates and lives among the shady characters of murky 1800'...

    A glorious, gothic mystery story that felt like a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint from Doctor Who. Victorian mystery solving ladies! I loved it. (14+) *Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material...

    To see all of my book-related content, check out my blog @ http://bit.ly/2zzVt0R With The Wicked Cometh having near-universally positive reviews, I suppose this will stand as an unpopular opinion. Yeah, I?m not shocked either.. You know how some books you can hate and still unde...

    I'm in love with this book. Ever since I last put it down, it's crossed my mind repeatedly. I get excited to keep reading and then sadly remember I've already finished it. This book deserves a MUCH higher rating than it has on Goodreads. Laura Carlin writes with the most beau...

    Well it was a good book and I found it easy to have read big chunks of it without realising so many pages had been read. In other words it told a good story and had a rather unconventional relationship (for the time it was set in) I hadn't been expecting it going into the book but it w...

    Thank you to Netgalley, Hodder and Stoughton and Laura Carlin for my ARC of The Wicked Cometh in exchange for an honest review. I?m really cheering Laura on as an author since I found out that like me, she lives in Derbyshire! It?s always great to discover an author from your o...

    I like historical fiction and the blurb really drew me in. Indeed I was hooked in the beginning. Set in 1830's London, the feel felt very Dickensian with cobbled streets; backstreet alleyways; a sensory overload; and gentry vying for space in and amongst the poor going about their dail...

    Starting in London in 1830, we are introduced to Hester White, told about her life and her reasons for being where she is.  When she is involved in an accident and taken in by the wealthy Brock family she thinks she may be on the  up.  What starts as an amiable situation takes a tur...

    The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin takes you on a trip back in time to Victorian London and the trials of being poor and living in slum conditions. I really liked the beginning of the book and the character of Hannah, but when she teamed up with Rebekah to try and solve the mystery of t...

  • Cassidy (Reminders of the Changing Time)
    Feb 08, 2018

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will ...

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A mode...

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and...

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. 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 ans mysterious Rebek...

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most p...

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods. I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in t...

    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and mi...

    ARC-Review Release Date-8/2/18 The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me. It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passin...

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the po...

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times. Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like? Fo...

    You may find this review on my blog too: https://umutreviews.wordpress.com/201... Wow, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it. I listened to this book on Audible and i...

    gimme. ...

    On a dark winter night, a book that promised to draw me back into the 19th century, into a story of family secrets and terrible crimes, called to me. It began with a newspaper report. ?This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of c...

    This book, set in the murky sub-world of Victorian London, and beautifully written in Victorian-style prose, tells the story of Hester White, a young educated orphan, who has fallen upon very hard times. When being involved in an accident offers Hester the opportunity to move up in the...

    Hester Hester what a character you are. How I loved being dragged into your world. I say dragged as it?s a fully immersive experience and the stench and squalor of your London is not for the faint hearted but what a journey it was! A girl from a poor family, raised by a rough coup...

    This was quite an atmospheric novel in the way it paints 1800's London. But I found it difficult to get into the story. In a lot of ways it was very similar with Sarah Water's The Fingersmith. I can fault the writing and setting it's just wasn't original enough, it resembled me other ...

    A gothic, engrossing read about a young woman living in the far depths of poverty who is given the chance to change her circumstances and live among the gentry in London, 1831. After tragically losing her parents, young Hester White is taken in by her gardener's family where she lives ...

    Following a narrow escape from under the wheels of a carriage, Hester is taken under the wing of a handsome young surgeon, Calder Brock, who, in an echo of Pygmalion, sets out to educate her in an effort to prove that the poor are capable of education. Hester finds herself drawn to Cal...

    This Victorian, gothic, lesbian excellence. I ADORED. The crafting and pacing of the story were wonderful, the writing was stunning (just ethereal honestly), the characters captivating. The ending? incredible. The novel keeps you gripped and takes you places you don't quite expe...

    In brief - Decent enough read, story was ok and characters were good. More than a 3, less than a 4 and rounded up for now. In full I found the start of this book very atmospheric. Set in the London of 1831,it talks about the reported disappearance of Master Hogget. He is not the on...

    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com The Wicked Cometh was a mixed bag for me. Firstly, I loved the way this book was written. It evoked a real sense of time and place, and you could imagine being there with Hester as she navigates and lives among the shady characters of murky 1800'...

    A glorious, gothic mystery story that felt like a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint from Doctor Who. Victorian mystery solving ladies! I loved it. (14+) *Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material...

    To see all of my book-related content, check out my blog @ http://bit.ly/2zzVt0R With The Wicked Cometh having near-universally positive reviews, I suppose this will stand as an unpopular opinion. Yeah, I?m not shocked either.. You know how some books you can hate and still unde...