I read this book in such a short amount of time and I loved it so flipping much. I’m so excited to get my hands on the second book that I’m planning to buy it right after writing this review. I love mystery novels and this was a really cool YA version of those really long novels that have so many twists.
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege, stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
I really liked the main character, Audrey Rose, and she was such a well-written character! She’s a girl that wanted to be both pretty and knowledgeable and this was difficult for women in this time period. I will say that her impulsiveness really did annoy me at times because why would you think the murderer wouldn’t kill you?!? It was just something that didn’t make much sense but otherwise, she was a character I really loved.
I don’t have a weak stomach so none of the descriptions made me gag or pause but I have friends who said they had to stop reading this book for a few minutes. I guess that you could always gloss over the descriptions if you think they’ll make you feel sick but I think they really did add to the story.
I loved the love story in this book! It was never in your face and while you could see it coming, it never seemed forced or fake. I’m so excited to see how the relationship progresses in the next book. I was a little concerned that there was going to be a potential love triangle because of what happens at the end but the author limited the chances of that happening. I hate love triangles most of the time and I definitely didn’t want that to happen in these books.
I would highly highly recommend this book! I loved it and everyone I’ve told to read it has loved it as well!!