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The London Monster by Donna Scott
In 1788, exactly one hundred years before Jack the Ripper terrorizes the people of London, a sexual miscreant known as the London Monster roams the streets in search of his next victim…
Thomas Hayes, having lost his mother in a vicious street assault, becomes an underground pugilist on a mission to rid the streets of violent criminals. But his vigilante actions lead to him being mistaken for the most terrifying criminal of all.
Assistance arrives in the form of Sophie Carlisle, a young journalist with dreams of covering a big story, though she is forced to masquerade as a man to do it. Trapped in an engagement to a man she doesn’t love, Sophie yearns to break free to tell stories that matter about London’s darker side—gaming, prostitution, violence—and realizes Tom could be the one to help. Together, they come up with a plan.
Straddling the line between his need for vengeance and the need to hide his true identity as a politician’s son becomes increasingly difficult as Tom is pressured to win more fights. The more he wins, the more notoriety he receives, and the greater the chance his identity may be exposed—a revelation that could jeopardize his father’s political aspirations and destroy his family’s reputation.
Sophie is also in danger as hysteria spreads and the attacks increase in severity and frequency. No one knows who to trust, and no one is safe—Tom included, yet he refuses to end the hunt.
Little does he realize, the monster is also hunting him.
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
The London Monster by Donna Scott, Is Perfection!
Donna Scott’s latest novel is a must read for those who enjoy phenomenal suspense historical fiction.
Set in England as we are leaving behind the Georgian Period, and rushing into the Regency Era.
There is a Monstrous villain is loose in London, exactly one hundred years before the notorious Jake the Ripper. Sophie Carlisle is a bold young lady, who struggles under the bonds that have been placed upon her by her social standing, and what is expected of women during this time period. It would seem her life is all planned out for her, soon to be married. She is engaged to Cuthbert, but is not in love with him.
Throwing caution, and her reputation, out the window. She is driven to be known as an accomplished journalist. Seeking information about the latest developments of the the vile man who is stalking the beautiful woman of London. Going under cover she befriends a girl Maeve from Parker’s Place bawdy house.
Thomas Hayes, was at the wrong place and the time. He encounter the dangerous individual who is prying on woman. Mistaken for the Illustrious criminal, he finds himself at the end of noose. Fate would seem to be un his side when a miraculous event occurs. His actions are a sore spot for his family and he is constantly reminded that his appearance within society should be beyond reproach.
Then we have the villain himself, his incredible thoughts and feelings are cleverly journaled within the books chapters. The London Monster’s diabolical actions are laid open for the reader to be expertly enticed into his rationalization of his crimes.
He prides himself on his cleverness to elude those seeking to capture him.
Once again Donna Scott mastered the art of brilliant narration. This one of my most favourite books in this genre.
This is one of those books that you just have to read to know what feeling I’m getting at. It sucks you in and keeps you hungry for more until you reach the mind-blowing ending. It’s a unique and unforgettable story told through a brilliant multi narrative.
The author delivers an intriguing, engaging, complex and well-written multi-layered story here with absolutely wonderful character development, a suspenseful mystery, and a thoughtful and emotional storyline.
I was absorbed deep within these characters lives, questioning their situations and decisions. I couldn’t figure out who to believe – my thoughts flip flopped from one chapter to the next. The narrative was brilliantly executed – I loved the way the plot unfolded. I was completely invested in the storyline. I was was invested in the love triangle and I thought the London Monster’s diary entries are fascinating.
I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy!
Donna Scott is an award-winning author of 17th and 18th century historical fiction. Before embarking on a writing career, she spent her time in the world of academia. She earned her BA in English from the University of Miami and her MS and EdD (ABD) from Florida International University. She has two sons and lives in sunny South Florida with her husband. Her first novel, Shame the Devil, received the first place Chaucer Award for historical fiction and a Best Book designation from Chanticleer International Book Reviews. Her newest novel, The London Monster, was released in November 2020. To learn about new releases and special offers, please sign up for Donna’s newsletter.
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