Jem Flockhart book two!
Dark Asylum by ES Thomas
My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my advance reading copy of this book. You ladies rock!
I will add a ***SPOILERS POSSIBLE*** here, but I try not to reveal too much.
Jem Flockhart is a young woman who was raised as a male and continues to live as a man. I strongly suggest that readers go back and read the events of Beloved Poison, the first book in this series.
After the problems of the first volume, Jem Flockhart is running an apothecary that supplies medicinal herbs and plants to Angel Meadows Asylum. There are several doctors on staff at the asylum, each with his own belief as to what is the best cure. One has even proposed and actually performed a lobotomy, with the unfortunate result of rendering the patient a living vegetable.
Then Doctor Rutherford, the man who performed the lobotomy, is murdered, mutilated, and has his eyes and mouth sewn shut. This strange ritual is connected to a slum known as Prior’s Rents and the legend of Bodkin Betty. A second doctor is murdered in the same fashion.
Now Jem and her partner Will aided by Jem’s apprentice Gabriel find themselves trying to find the guilty party. A young woman is arrested, declared insane, and placed in the criminal ward of the asylum. Jem is almost certain that they have an innocent girl locked up.
The story is interspersed with a journal written by a woman wronged, hanged, and upon surviving the gallows deported. She is self-educated and escaping captivity has become a society lady. Yet—"There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact." Sherlock Holmes…
The action is a flurry of images and sound that glues the reader to the page. All of the characters are very developed, and the secrets behind the mystery remain hidden until the final reveal. It is a book well worth the reading.
Jem Flockhart makes a great hero(ine) to build a magnificent new series upon! I give this book five stars plus and look forward to new volumes featuring this cast of characters!
Quoth the Raven…