Description (from cover):
‘The year is 1792 and winter hangs heavy in Berkeley Square.
As the city sleeps, the night-watchman keeps a cautious eye over the streets, and another eye on the back doors of the great and the good. Then in the dark he comes across the body of Pierre Renard, the local silversmith, lying dead, his throat cut and his valuables missing. It could be common theft, committed by one of the many villains who stalk the square, but he knows that there is darkness afoot.
As news of the murder spreads, it soon becomes clear that Renard had more than a few enemies, all with their own secrets to hide. At the centre of this web is Mary, the silversmith’s wife. Now Mary is withdrawn and weak, haunted by her past and near-mad with guilt. Will she attain the redemption she seeks and what, exactly, does she need redemption for…?
Rich, intricate and beautifully told, this is a story of murder, love and buried secrets.’
I tried my hardest to like this book, I really did. However, it didn’t quite work out that way. I thought that I would love this one as it is a historical mystery, but I really just couldn’t get into it. I spent half the time confused and wondering what was going on and the other half trying to figure out who people were. This book was all over the place and hard to comprehend. It seemed so scatterbrained that I really didn’t get much out of the story. Even with having finished the book, I still can’t figure out what happened and why. It wasn’t clear and really deflected from the storyline.
To be honest, I was quite sad and disappointed in this one as I really wanted to love it. I just spent the whole time reading this book and was confused and couldn’t really figure out what was going on. I think if the story would have been more clear and concise that it could have the potential to be an engaging story. I am sitting here thinking about how I felt when I was reading it and to be honest I was more frustrated than anything else.
This is the story of a murder, but the characters and their own issues overwhelm the story and the murder mystery gets buried along the way. Yes, there is a conclusion to the murder, but with everything else happening I just lost track of everything else. I felt like ten different storylines were being thrown at me and I was confused as to how they all related and what they even had to do with the story. Definitely not what I had in mind when I picked this one up.
Overall Rating: 1.5
Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.