Sep 30, 2015

DeeJay Reviews: SILK by @AuthorCKarlsen

by Chris Karlsen

Genre: Contemporary Suspense
Publication Date: December 19, 2014
Format: eBook
Source: Provided by Book Enthusiast and the author in exchange for an honest review

It is the time of Jack the Ripper, the widowed Queen Victoria sits on the throne of England. The whole of London is on edge wondering when or where Jack will kill next. The Palace, Parliament, and the press are demanding the police do more to find him. In another part of London, rough-around-the-edges war hero, Metropolitan Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone has his own serial killer to find. Inter departmental rivalries, politics, and little evidence to go on hamper the investigation at every turn. In a battle of wills, Bloodstone presses forward following his instincts in spite of the obstacles. Adding to those problems, away from the strains of the investigation, he is engaged in the ups and downs of a new relationship with a lovely hat maker.

Silk was a book with a promising premise and solid characters, but it wasn't exactly executed in a way that best suited the story. I loved the dual POV between the detective and the serial killer, but there were a lot of unnecessary events that transpired, therefore, drawing the story out longer than it should have been.

Rudyard Bloodstone (cool name) was an interesting character to follow and he made me laugh quite a few times with his inner commentary. William Everhard (serial killer) also intrigued me. BTW, this is not a spoiler. You find out very early on that he likes killing women and to have this insight into him frame of mind is actually really cool. I also like Archie and Jameson, who added another layer of humor to a really dark situation.

I loved the period the story is set in, during the time of Queen Victoria and Jack the Ripper. It reminded me of Ripper Street (TV show) which is amazing. I could totally see this being one of the cases on that show. That's what really intrigued me about this book, besides the fact that I wanted to try a different genre than I'm used to.

There is a tiny hint of romance in the story, but hardly any to matter. I think Rudyard's romantic scenes were used to balance out William's and show how a normal man acts in a relationship versus a psychopath. But that's just my perception of it, I might be wrong.

I could recommend this book, but just beware that the book does take a roundabout way to get to the truth, which has more to it than you'd probably think. Also the ending is a semi-cliffhanger leading into another case. The crime in this book is solved so no worries there. You won't be left hanging. So yeah, this one is worth a read if you like 19th-century suspense novels. Give it a try.

1 comment:

  1. I want to thank DJ's for taking the time to read and review Silk. The opportunity to showcase the story is much appreciated.
    Chris Karlsen


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