Laura Carlin – The Wicked Cometh

Set in the shallow alleyways in 1831 downtown London we meet Hester White. This teenager is desperate to escape the slums differently from many peers that suddenly disappear. When she is accidentally hit by a carriage, the owner, mister Calder takes care of her and brings her to the Brock family. Hester becomes the maid for Rebekah Brock who gives her the opportunity to learn to speak and write English.

The plot combines the quest to discover who’s responsible for the missing women and children in London, a tale of love and intimacy, but also the deadly consequences of keeping secrets. Laura Carlin did a wonderful job to use the 19th century English setting the scene and fueling the conversations in The Wicked Cometh. Although I was not familiar with many of the vocabulary, I continued enjoying this novel. Wickedness is finally overcome by transparency. The book’s ending is quite a surprise. A well-written debut!

About the author

Laura Carlin left school at 16 to work in retail banking, and it was only after leaving her job 28 years later to write full time that she discovered her passion for storytelling and exploring pockets of history through fiction. She lives in a book-filled house in beautiful rural Derbyshire with her family (and a very naughty cat). When she’s not writing she enjoys walking in the surrounding Peak District. The Wicked Cometh is her first novel.

I received a complimentary copy from publisher Hodder & Stoughton via Netgalley in exchange for my personal, unbiased review.