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The Wicked Cometh
The Wicked Cometh | Laura Carlin
33 posts | 16 read | 41 to read
The year is 1831. Down the murky alleyways of London, acts of unspeakable wickedness are taking place and no one is willing to speak out on behalf of the city's vulnerable poor as they disappear from the streets. Out of these shadows comes Hester White, a bright young woman who is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. When Hester is thrust into the world of the aristocratic Brock family, she leaps at the chance to improve her station in life under the tutelage of the fiercely intelligent and mysterious Rebekah Brock. But whispers from her past slowly begin to poison her new life and both she and Rebekah are lured into the most sinister of investigations. Hester and Rebekah find themselves crossing every boundary they've ever known in pursuit of truth, redemption and passion. But their trust in each other will be tested as a web of deceit begins to unspool, dragging them into the blackest heart of a city where something more depraved than either of them could ever imagine is lurking . . .
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TheEllieMo
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This gothic tale with a #purplecover has been on my TBR mountain for a while, but I‘m thinking it wood be a good December read.

#NamasteNovember @Eggs

Theeclecticreader This is a beautiful cover! 3w
Eggs 💜💜💜💜 3w
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TheEllieMo
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A very pretty cover from the TBR mountain

#Wicked #FallisBooked
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 I do like that cover! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That is beautiful 💜💜💜 2mo
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TheEllieMo
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HardcoverHearts
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You can see where I get my bookish nature... my mother ( @Mrsemz ) is visiting me leading me up to my birthday! We took a lovely visit to a used bookstore, had lunch and came back to the apartment. When I looked up, she was already in my reading chair, enjoying a book! ❤️

shawnmooney ❤️❤️ 7mo
merelybookish That's lovely! And early happy birthday! 🎉🎉 7mo
HardcoverHearts @merelybookish Thank you! ☺️ 7mo
AntoinetteBuchanan Wishing you a happy birthday! Your mother is adorable 7mo
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AnneCecilie
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It‘s London 1831. Hester White is standing on a street corner waiting on a wealthier family member, when she‘s hit by a carriage. The owner brings her back to his family home where Hester meets his sister Rebekah Block.

At the same time, men, women and children from the poor areas are disappearing and never heard from again.

These disappearances catch Hester and Rebekah‘s interest, and together they look into this and discover the truth

GlassAsDiamonds That is a stunningly beautiful book!!! (Story sounds fascinating too!). 😊😊😊 10mo
AnneCecilie @GlassAsDiamonds I know and my picture doesn‘t do it justice at all. 10mo
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Cinfhen I absolutely agree with EVERYTHING @GlassAsDiamonds just posted 10mo
GlassAsDiamonds @Cinfhen 😉 Great Minds!! 😊😊😊 10mo
GlassAsDiamonds @AnneCecilie I‘m going to need to track it down!! ♥️😊♥️ 10mo
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AnneCecilie
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Next up. I love this cover

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Reviewsbylola
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Sounds like MC Hester White #soldmysoul in order to escape the London slums in this gothic tale set in 1831. Hester meets Rebekah, part of the aristocratic Brock family, and somehow a murder ensues.

As you‘ve probably guessed, I haven‘t read this yet. It‘s a gorgeous hardcover with cool endpapers though so I bought it last winter on my first ever trip to London as I shopped in Harrod‘s.

#octoberxfiles

Cinfhen Nice purchase!!! Does Harrods have a book section?? 14mo
Robothugs It sounds amazing! 14mo
Reviewsbylola Yes they do. It was pretty nice. They had a kid‘s section too so I bought the girls a book about London and a kid‘s adaption of Pride & Prejudice. @Cinfhen 14mo
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Cinfhen I‘m off to London next week for a few days...going with hubby & Zach and it‘s already apparent we are not in sync...they have zero interest in anything book related ...hoping to sneak away with @TrishB for a few hours 🤞🏼🤞🏼 14mo
Reviewsbylola Omggg so fun!! You better post a lot of pics! What‘s on your agenda so far?! You need to go back in March when we take our trip!! @Cinfhen 14mo
TrishB Keeping fingers crossed still 🤞🏻🤞🏻 14mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen @TrishB Really??? I wanna come!! 😩😩 14mo
TrishB @LeahBergen that would be great too 😘 it will be exciting if we manage it! 14mo
emilyhaldi 😂💸 14mo
Cinfhen I know...it‘s almost too good to be true @TrishB @LeahBergen WE REALLY NEED a girls bookish getaway #summer2019 @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @Mdargusch 14mo
Mdargusch Darn! I wish I was going when you guys do! @Cinfhen (edited) 14mo
Mdargusch Looks like a great book though. 14mo
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Emilymdxn
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Other people seem to have enjoyed this book but I just hated it, I barely managed to finish it. The writing was so cliched it made me laugh in places, none of the characters had much in the way of motivation I understood, I didn‘t believe the love story or have any affection for the main character. If I want to read a gothic lesbian Victorian underclass mystery I‘ll read Sarah Waters, not a book that seems like not-great Sarah Waters fanfic.

batsy Ha, thank you for this review! I almost bought it because of its beautiful cover. 1y
Emilymdxn @batsy a lot of other people seem to have absolutely adored it though so it might just be me! Isn‘t the cover a beauty tho 1y
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Emilymdxn
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I‘m trying really hard to enjoy this but so far the only good bit is the cover. It seems like a worse written, more simplistic Fingersmith; which was very good I just don‘t think this book adds anything. No one is doing anything for any particular reason and the MC feels a bit vacuous. I don‘t wanna keep reading it but I never give up on books so I suppose I‘ll turn the speed up and keep going 🤷‍♀️

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Emilymdxn
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On to my next audiobook! I picked this one up on sale months ago and only getting to it now as I‘m reading through my back catalogue finally. I honestly can‘t remember a single thing about what it‘s about so I‘m diving in completely blind. Gorgeous cover image tho!

scripturient I have this on my TBR as well. Bought it in WH Smith at Heathrow in March. I think it will make a great autumny read. Looking forward to hearing what you think. :) 1y
Emilymdxn @scripturient only 30 seconds in so far but I know for sure that the cover is an autumn dream! I love it so much 1y
Simona I was attracted by this cover too, but I didn‘t buy it .... waiting for your final verdict 😘 1y
Emilymdxn @Simona I‘m a sucker for a gorgeous floral cover! 1y
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ladyonequestion
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The goodreads pic doesn't do the cover justice. Really enjoyed this gothic murder mystery with a touch of Sarah Walters about it. Trigger warning for people who can't read about animal cruelty though (not done by either of the lovely main characters). Rebekah in particular is a great character, an independent woman frustrated by the expectation that she has to marry.

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HardcoverHearts
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I have finally found my reading joy again. I had to dump a perfectly good book- simply too many characters. I dove right into the Deborah Levy book, “Things I Don‘t Want To Know” & was mightily impressed. I watched the Netflix movie Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society. Now I am curled up on my couch, diving into this beauty of a book about 1831 London! I‘m feeling a little more like myself today. As usual, reading always helps me. Always!

readordierachel What a gorgeous cover. Glad you found your joy! 1y
emilyhaldi I need this book badly 🖤 1y
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kimmeh
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Delightfully wicked.

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HardcoverHearts
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Here is my collection from Paris & London, so far. I fell in love with the VMC 40th anniversary books, many of which I don‘t have currently, with the dark green spines. I devoured Hot Milk so I grabbed two of her other work- the yellow cover is just perfect. Speaking of covers, the English cover of The English Patient (signed) & Rebecca Solnit‘s newest book (signed). And a gorgeous copy of Song of Achilles. Now I need reading time!

LeahBergen Wonderful! I love those Viragos. 😍 (and I need the tagged book, too 😆). 1y
HardcoverHearts @LeahBergen - I really tried to pass them up, but I couldn‘t! They are too good. 1y
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Tereses
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Picked this up in an op (thrift) shop. Graphic and gruesome descriptions of life in the London slums in 1830s. An interesting debut novel.

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emily_m_tubb
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I can't believe it's the end of our #Whodunnituk postal group. It's been great reading books I never knew about. I hope everyone enjoyed my pick. I know it wasn't a "thriller" but it was the only crime I had on my shelf ?
@jhod Thank you so much for "The Wicked Cometh" it's been a book I keep picking up! I can't wait to try the tea either ?
@DeborahSmall I will be posting yours very soon! I'm so sorry it'll be late (I forgot about Easter) ?

TrishB It‘s been amazing hasn‘t it 😁👍🏻 2y
emily_m_tubb @TrishB It has! I'll definitely keep up reading more crime novels now 😄 2y
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LeahBergen
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Congrats on the 50K litfluence, @readinginthedark , and thank you for the giveaway fun! 😘😘

#TBRForTheWin

readinginthedark Thank you! 😊 2y
Reviewsbylola I bought The Wicked Cometh in England. It‘s so pretty! 2y
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LisaW
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Wow, this book couldn‘t have been more in my wheelhouse: 19th century, slums of London, literary, suspense. It reminded me of other favorites: Michel Faber‘s Crimson Petal and the White, Emma Donogue‘s Slammerkin, or anything Sarah Waters. Thanks @SavidgeReads for turning me on to this gem.

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rmaclean4
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This beauty was delivered today. I love a naked hardback!!

Lacythebookworm Mine should be coming in the mail soon! 😍 2y
rmaclean4 @Lacythebookworm it is one if the prettiest cover I have seen. 2y
Booksnchill Beautiful cover! 2y
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Nikki15
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Such a great book! I‘m not normally a fan of this type of historical fiction but I loved the characters of Hester and Rebekah. The story is told with the intricacies of love and betrayal woven in whilst a dark and mysterious beast is roaming the streets of London. A really well-told story. 💜

Ms.Story I just picked this one up from the library yesterday! Your review makes me even more excited to read it!!! 2y
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Nikki15
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Hopefully going to finish this tonight. So far enjoying the mystery and darkness in 19th century London

Ms.Story I'm picking up my library reservation for this book tomorrow! I hope you enjoy it. Looking forward to your review! 2y
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Nikki15
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So having never commuted so far to work this week is really testing me but luckily I have a new book to keep me company 📚🧡
And it‘s super pretty which is a bonus!

erzascarletbookgasm The cover is gorgeous. 2y
youneverarrived That cover 😍 2y
Lacythebookworm I‘m excited for this one! Sounds amazing. Enjoy! 😊 2y
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kezzlou85 I've read this. It's very good. 2y
Nikki15 @erzascarletbookgasm @youneverarrived That‘s pretty much why I bought it!! It‘s really good though 2y
Nikki15 @Lacythebookworm I‘m really enjoying it, it‘s totally different from what I‘d normally read. Hopefully you‘ll enjoy it too 2y
Nikki15 @kezzlou85 I‘m hooked on it! Hopefully I‘ll finish it in the next couple of days! 2y
kezzlou85 @Nikki15 that's great. It's a great read. 💖 2y
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Fridayfilms
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BookwormM
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#thewickedcometh #netgalley #ARC

3 stars

I liked a lot of things about this - setting, characters and writing and there were a few things that didn‘t work for me dog torture and the Romance aspect.

Full review here soon thereadersroom.org

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kezzlou85
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Well this was my stats for January. 19 is pretty good for me though I think I need to read more of my own books. Definitely gotta go on a book buying ban.

Gissy 🎉🎊🎉🎊👏👏👏👏 2y
kezzlou85 @Gissy thank you. 💜 2y
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readingjedi
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This book unashamedly wears its influences on its sleeve, Sarah Waters being the most obvious and while it's not quite in that league, it was a fairly amusing/entertaining/ engrossing Fingersmith-lite. It's not without faults - the melodrama at times feels shallow, at other's cloyed with flowery sentiment. Some of the historical details seem a little off, certain situations, turns of phrase, examples of etiquette/propriety. It took an age to ...👇

readingjedi ...get going and the story seemed to have 2 distinct halves that only loosely linked together. Some elements of the plot seemed disjointed too. The twist did make me gasp ... but I also figured it out the next nanosecond. But these niggles weren't significant enough to pull me out the narrative so it scrapes a Pick. 2y
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BookwormM
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#thewickedcometh #netgalley

So pretty each chapter starts with a flower 🌷

JoScho It‘s the little things 🌸 2y
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BookwormM
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#thewickedcometh #netgalley

Interesting way to treat a scold wonder if the potato really helped 🙃

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Mitch
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Passed a bookstore on my way home - we‘ll didn‘t ‘pass‘ it - popped in to it and accidentally made a purchase!! #mostbeautifulbookcover #impulsepurchase #sopretty

BookwormM I have just started this one well I am 15% into it and enjoying it so far 2y
Christine11 Gorgeous cover! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful!!!! 💜💜💜 2y
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Mitch It‘s SO lovely. And it‘s kinda a fabric, textured cover so it feels nice too! 2y
Mitch Glad it‘s not just the cover then ! @BookwormM 2y
AnneCecilie That's a gorgeous cover 😍 2y
Kalalalatja Wow! 😍😍 2y
LeahBergen Wow! I may need this. 😍 2y
Readerann Some ‘accidents‘ are ‘blessings‘ in disguise! 😉 2y
kezzlou85 I've just finished this and it's really good. That cover is beautiful. 2y
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kezzlou85
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Living in the darkest area of London Hester longs for more. An accident throws her into the world of the Brocks and the beautiful Rebekah. They face peril, lies and danger in the pursuit of the truth.
This was a brilliant read. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this but I was soon hooked. There are many layers to the story and the mystery is just a part of it. I loved the twists and the ending was utterly perfect.

laurenbescoby Posted The Cruel Prince today! Should be with you by the weekend x 2y
kezzlou85 @miralunasbooknook aww thank you so much. 💜 2y
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readingjedi
The Wicked Cometh | Laura Carlin

Well, my first Netgalley read wasn't great so I'm hoping for better things from this one.

Jerdencon They can be hit or miss.... I've gotten some good ones by authors I love and others that have been pretty terrible too! I try to read the descriptions a little more closely before requesting because when I first started I requested everything and that didn't work so well! Lol! 2y
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Moray_Reads
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It's easy to see the influences on this novel, Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Sarah Waters loom large but everything is just a little... flimsy. The characterisation is flat and despite all the trappings of Victorian London the historical period feels wobbly and two-dimensional. The convoluted, coincidence-dependent plot is straight out of the Victorian melodramas but Carlin's writing sadly lacks the strength and bravura to pull out off

LeahBergen Aww. Too bad. 2y
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OldVictorianQuill
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The prettiest of Book Post! I love my job! #PerksOfBeingABookseller