Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files in this acclaimed paranormal mystery series from the author of the Fourth Element Trilogy
It's August 1888, just three weeks before Jack the Ripper will terrorize Whitechapel, and another serial murderer is stalking the streets of New York. His handiwork bears the hallmarks of a demonic possession-but amateur sleuth Harrison Fearing Pell is certain her quarry is a man of flesh and blood. And she hopes to make her reputation by solving the bizarre case before the man the press has dubbed Mr. Hyde strikes again.
From the squalor of the Five Points to the high-class gambling dens of the Tenderloin and the glittering mansions of Fifth Avenue, Harry follows the trail of a remorseless killer, uncovering a few embarrassing secrets of New York's richest High Society families along the way. Are the murders a case of black magic-or simple blackmail? And will the trail lead closer to home than she ever imagined?
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a great read. Interesting characters, awesome scenery and fascinating plot. I would recommend this to anyone.
The Daemoniac moved a little slow for me, even though there was a lot going on. I felt like the mystery was overly convoluted. There was so much running around that it seemed fairly aimless at times, with nothing to show for their trouble. When the mystery is finally solved, it was somewhat anticlimactic. I expected something massive and huge, and it just seemed to fizzle in my opinion. The characters were a lot of fun though. Harry, the younger sister of a famous detective, takes on a case, enlisting the help of her friend, John Weston. The banter between these two characters is great. I looked forward to their conversations, both about the case and not. I don't think I'll be continuing the series. However, the book is very well written with excellent characters. If you enjoy a more drawn out mystery, this may be one for you. *I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of this book*
I love reading fiction set in late 19th and early 20th century New York City. It’s fascinating reading about how some things in the city are so much different but others are so much the same. I think this is the main reason I signed up to review this book, but it became just another part of an awesome book. It’s weird, but I had recently read something about Arthur Conan Doyle giving up his writing to focus on spiritualism, and then he pops up in this book. I like how he has a very small part in the story, but just enough for you to connect a few strands of story together. We start out feeling badly for Harrison, as it seems like she plays second fiddle to her older sister, Myrtle, who is best known for her own sleuthing skills. A heat wave and boredom push Harry to pose as Myrtle to take on this case, and quite a case it is. Kidnapping, black magic, murder…lots of action here. I think my favorite part was Harry. She’s already shown how she doesn’t want to blend in by chopping her hair off. Now, she doesn’t even think for a second about how she should be acting like a contemporary female, which means getting ready to marry. She’s off traversing the city, albeit almost always with male companions, to find out who is committing these terrible crimes. She’s definitely a heroine, even if you were to transplant her in these modern times – she’d still kick butt. I was so excited to see that the next installment in this series will be arriving early next year. I hope to be able to read that one as well to see where Harry and her friend John (and their awkward “more than friends but not really” thing) wind up. And please, don’t be turned off by the young adult label on this book – you’ll enjoy it no matter what age you are! I received this book in order to provide an honest review. All thoughts are my own.