It’s August of 1888, just three weeks before Jack the Ripper will begin his grisly spree in the London slum of Whitechapel, and another serial murderer is stalking the gas-lit streets of New York. With taunting messages in backwards Latin left at the crime scenes and even more inexplicable clues like the fingerprints that appear to have been burned into one victim’s throat, his handiwork bears all the hallmarks of a demonic possession.
But consulting detective Harrison Fearing Pell is convinced her quarry is a man of flesh and blood. Encouraged by her uncle, Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry 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 and her best friend, John Weston, follow 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 them closer to home than they ever imagined? – Goodreads.com
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I’ve never read any Sherlock Holmes before (I know, blasphemy!) but I feel like this was a great introduction to the style and types of cases I can expect.
The Daemoniac has suggestions of the paranormal, insanity, and a whole lot of intrigue all brought together with fantastic characters. I loved Harry and John and Connor by the end of this novel, as well as Ms. Rivers.
The story alludes to Jack the Ripper throughout as it occurs in the same time-period and it was incredibly interesting taking a trip through history to the darker side of the city.
I can’t wait for a sequel! Make sure to get yourself a copy of this book asap!