Monday, May 29, 2017

strictly literary: the sixth victim by tessa harris

the sixth victim is a paranormal historical mystery set during the jack the ripper murders in victorian england. harper has clearly done a lot of research in order to bring this particular moment in british history to life.

the story is told from the point of view of constance piper, a flower girl in whitechapel. and miss emily tinsdale, a mysterious missionary whose whereabouts aren't made crystal clear at the beginning of the novel. eventually, you figure out that something not quite worldly is happening, because the way emily has access to certain moments and how she responds to them make it clear that she might be a supernatural being.

the thing is, i never felt the urgency in this story. there is a lot of historical detail and we see things from both character's perspectives, but it's not quite clear why these moments are being shared. yes, the plot and the scenes we witness are brought together by the end. but even with the threat of the ripper hanging over the character's heads i just never felt that concerned about that. and this felt wrong. i should care more, but as it is, i don't have much interest in learning more about constance. and don't even get me started on emily.

this wasn't for me. in the end, it isn't my cup of tea.

**the sixth victim will publish on may 30, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/kensington books (kensington) in exchange for my honest review.

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