Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
Part of me is so intrigued by what Kerrigan Byrne is doing with the Fiona Mahoney series.
I stan her portrayal of the heroine, who’s a working-class woman who’s made a name & a life for herself as a postmortem sanitation specialist. She longs for revenge & enjoys the thrill of the chase (the person she’s chasing happening to be Jack the Ripper).
Yay for a bold and determined heroine with an unconventional job & for Byrne’s empathetic & also, I think, nuanced portrayal of the prostitutes (& prostitution in general) that Fiona tries to help in this book.
The other part of me thinks that with book 2, A Treacherous Trade, this series is veering into romance directions I’m not entirely loving. I don’t want to spoil anything but the dynamic set-up isn’t entirely working for me romance-wise—not to mention the male fascination with Fiona’s virginity. I’m hoping more direction & clarity comes with book 3 as 2 ends on a cliffhanger.
The mystery is well-done & the characters are interesting but I’m cautious regarding the romance arc. I’ll have to see how things pan out in the next book!
3.5 ⭐️. Release date: 03/08.
Give me that HEA, please.
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