Title: The Goddess and the Thief
Author: Essie Fox
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction/Gothic Fiction
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A haunting gothic novel even better than Elijah's Mermaid, The Goddess and The Thief completely captured my imagination--a gorgeous mystery wrapped in an amazing gothic package! Highly recommended!
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Alice Willoughby has always loved India. It has been her home since birth. But when she is unceremoniously yanked away from her home, back to cold, dreary England after the death of her father, she finds herself wrapped up in a spellbinding mystery: The capture of a gorgeous diamond belonging to the queen. Trapped on all sides by forces beyond her control, Alice must face her demons and find a way out.. Or else, she might too fall into the darkness..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the sensuous, gorgeous prose that drew me in, now I see that is becoming Fox's trademark
-The pacing of this novel was breakneck, I couldn't put it down in my race to see what was going to happen next
-The constant twists and turns I didn't see coming--I felt like I was breathing hard as the book sped up, unable to keep myself calm
-I loved the creepy, dark elements of Victorian spiritualism that were peppered throughout the novel--I was overcome with chills more than once
-Alice, the strong-willed young woman caught in her social-climbing Aunt Mercy's clutches, who is trying to find a way to banish her demons and find a way back to her true home, India
-Tilsbury, the charming rake that Alice finds herself tangled with, cunning and sly and charismatic
-Queen Victoria, the poor woman who ends up conned in the scheme of the book, the only reason she is involved to communicate with her beloved
-I liked the ending--especially the shocking part of it
What could've been better:
-I well and truly hated Alice's Aunt Mercy
-I wish Alice could've made it back to India before the novel ended
Overall, I loved this book--I'm looking forward to more from Essie Fox! Next on deck: Feuds by Avery Hastings!