The Wicked Cometh

The Wicked Cometh

The year is 1831Down the murky alleyways of London, acts of unspeakable wickedness are taking place and no one is willing to speak out on behalf of the city's vulnerable poor as they disappear from the streets.Out of these shadows comes Hester White, a bright young woman who is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible.When Hester is thrust into the world of the...

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Title:The Wicked Cometh
Author:Laura Carlin
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The Wicked Cometh Reviews

  • Simon

    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A modern sensation novel indeed.

  • Lucy Banks

    Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like?

    For the most part, this was a book that worked well - an authentic-feeling glimpse into Victorian life, told through the eyes of Hester, a quiet girl raised by a rough London couple after the death of her parents, then catapulte

    Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like?

    For the most part, this was a book that worked well - an authentic-feeling glimpse into Victorian life, told through the eyes of Hester, a quiet girl raised by a rough London couple after the death of her parents, then catapulted into a gentrified world after an accident on the road. But children are going missing, and gradually, the reader discovers the grisly reason why.

    I particularly liked the conclusion of this book (I won't spoil it for you) - it wasn't something I saw coming, and it worked well. There were a few moments where I had to suspend my disbelief a little (especially at the very end) - but I was happy to do so, as it was a compelling enough storyline.

    My main issue was the pace of the book - I felt it could have done with a little tightening; my attention did wane in a few places. However, I'm glad I stuck with it, it was entertaining and I very much liked the characters.

  • Emma

    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods.

    I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in the middle. I enjoyed the blossoming romance too.

    Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book. All opinions are my own

  • Mandy

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and his family.

    People are going missing in London. Hester knows about this but doesn't know who could be responsible. She is out one day and a horse and carriage knocks her down. The carriage is owned by Calder Brock,

    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and his family.

    People are going missing in London. Hester knows about this but doesn't know who could be responsible. She is out one day and a horse and carriage knocks her down. The carriage is owned by Calder Brock, a physician, who helps Hester by treating her injured leg and then taking her to stay in the country with his family. Calder's sister, Rebekah, begins to teach Hester and Hester starts to fall in love. Then Hester is sent a note telling her to leave before she is hurt.

    This was a good story, and although it was quite a convoluted plot, with many twists and turns, I was always able to follow exactly what was happening. The story takes a dark turn as it goes on, and I must admit I felt quite distressed in a couple of parts. The whole story is written from Hester's point of view, and I found it easy to empathise with her, and root for her.

    The descriptions of London were so vivid that I could almost smell it at times, and it was not a nice smell!

    The only thing that I will say is that at times the book was very wordy, and possibly a little too convoluted. I wasn't bored at any time but a couple of times I wanted the story to move along a bit quicker.

    I felt the book was very well-written and I would definitely be reading more from this author.

    Definitely recommend this book.

    Many thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for letting me read this book.

  • Paromjit

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will take her out of her dire circumstances. Dark nightmarish deeds are taking place as poor folk disappear in the city, but little attention is paid, after all, it impacts only those of little consequence. After being

    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will take her out of her dire circumstances. Dark nightmarish deeds are taking place as poor folk disappear in the city, but little attention is paid, after all, it impacts only those of little consequence. After being injured in a horse and carriage accident, Hester finds herself in a more fortuitous position. The carriage owner, Calder Brock offers medical attention and sweeps her away to stay at his country home. Hester acquires the post of companion to Calder's sister, Rebekah.

    Rebekah is an intelligent, strong, determined and independent woman, who takes Hester under her wing, providing tuition to a grateful Hester. The two women develop a close relationship, although it soon becomes clear that the Brock family past festers with murky secrets. Hester is warned to leave the household before harm befalls her. Hester and Rebekah are tested to their limits as they are drawn into investigating the wickedness that pervades and stalks those in London in their efforts to discover the horrifying truth whilst surrounded by a web of deception and facing great danger. Thanks to the hand of fate, Hester escapes her social strata, but finds herself with a family with a complicated history. The romance and passions that burgeon into existence challenge the society norms and conventions.

    Carlin writes in vibrant prose with descriptions that easily evokes the London of that period. However, there are times that this feels like an uneven read, largely due to the mixed pacing that does not always work. This did not interfere with my overall enjoyment of this wonderful piece of historical fiction. A highlight is the relationship between Hester and Rebekah. This is a compelling and entertaining read which I think many will enjoy reading. I look forward with great anticipation to Laura Carlin's next novel. Many thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for an ARC.

  • Louise Wilson

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. Hester is thrust into the world of the aristocratic Brock family, she leaps at the chance to improve her station in life under the tutelage of the fiercely intelligent ans mysterious Rebekah Brock. But whispers from her past slowly begin to poison her new life and both she and Rebekah are lured into the most sinister of investigations. Their trust in each other will be tested as a web of deceit begi

    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. Hester is thrust into the world of the aristocratic Brock family, she leaps at the chance to improve her station in life under the tutelage of the fiercely intelligent ans mysterious Rebekah Brock. But whispers from her past slowly begin to poison her new life and both she and Rebekah are lured into the most sinister of investigations. Their trust in each other will be tested as a web of deceit begins to unspool, dragging them into the city where something some depraved is lurking.

    Set in 1832. This book has the perfect mix of setting and atmosphere., a friendship between two very different class of women from very different backgrounds. The story does seem to drag a bit in the middle, but it's still a good book. This will suit readers who like seedier plot lines.

    I would like to thank NetGalley, Hodder & Stoughton and the author Laura Carlin for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sara

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the poorest of the community, with people mysteriously disappearing. Thrust into upper society after a chance accident, Hester falls under the tutelage of the charismatic Rebekah as the pair set out to uncover what's really

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the poorest of the community, with people mysteriously disappearing. Thrust into upper society after a chance accident, Hester falls under the tutelage of the charismatic Rebekah as the pair set out to uncover what's really going on.

    The descriptions of Victorian London within the novel are fantastic. Everything is vividly brought to life in wonderful detail and was very atmospheric. It's very easy to immerse yourself in Hester's world, and I got fully wrapped up in the gritty, dark London slums.

    Hester is a great character. She's determined, and not one to wallow in self pity. She's practical and straight forward, but also an opportunist with a good heart. She's the perfect heroine for this kind of story, as she was interesting enough to carry the tale without being boring or overly unrealistic. However, she is quite simplistic in nature, without much emotional depth. Rebekah is the more complicated character. She's intelligent, and desperate to voice her views in a male dominated society that doesn't seem so far out of character for a woman of this era. Their combined relationship is also really strong, gradually building over time into something genuine and lovely. This was definitely the strongest aspect of the novel.

    My main issues with the novel are the pacing, which is very stop and start in places (particuarly the middle) and the ending - which falls very flat. I found it didn't really work with regards to the rest of the feel of the book. It was far fatched, unbelievable and felt like a let down compared to the wonderful writing that proceeded it.

    Read for the great descriptions of London and a strong female relationship.

  • Emma

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous.

    The story started slowly, but for the most part that worked effectively to build the necessary character study of Hester as she escapes from her desperately poor situation into the possibility of a new life. Carlin was great here, building tentative but deep rel

    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous.

    The story started slowly, but for the most part that worked effectively to build the necessary character study of Hester as she escapes from her desperately poor situation into the possibility of a new life. Carlin was great here, building tentative but deep relationships between the protagonist and supporting cast whilst the darker themes ran beneath: the questionable nature of the Brock family's past, the missing Londoners as well as two of the house's previous servants, and just what kind of people Hester has fallen in with. She has a strong, individual voice and her burgeoning love for and uncertain relationship with a certain character are strikingly rendered. A race through the pages part of the book that had me thinking 5 stars.

    And then the book lost its way. It's somewhat difficult to discuss why without spoilers but it felt too contrived and therefore lost its vitality, I quickly lost interest. Whilst the ending gave some kind resolution, its melodramatic and far fetched nature contrasted too greatly with the dirty realism of the London streets to which we had been so successfully transported by the author. It made it even more unrealistic and pulled the illusion firmly from my eyes.

    There's some genuine talent in the descriptive parts of the writing, but there needed to be more show, less tell, and some serious editing.

    ARC via Netgalley

  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

    🌟🌟🌟STARS.

    ARC-Review

    Release Date-8/2/18

    The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me.

    It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passing of her parents.

    Taken in by the gardener and his wife Hester soon Finds herself far far down with the dregs of society Using an opportunity of chance Hester finds herself in service to the Brocks using a falsehood to

    🌟🌟🌟STARS.

    ARC-Review

    Release Date-8/2/18

    The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me.

    It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passing of her parents.

    Taken in by the gardener and his wife Hester soon Finds herself far far down with the dregs of society Using an opportunity of chance Hester finds herself in service to the Brocks using a falsehood to secure an improvement in her station, Hester finds a growing friendship with the enigmatic Rebecca Brock her new teacher.

    But there are secrets afoot and it's not long before Hester and Rebecca are caught in a web of intrigue and danger.

    So with this, I really enjoyed the beginning and I also found the end to be very exciting.

    However, the middle of "The Wicked Cometh" I struggled with, I found this to be a trifle long winded and I did find myself skimming quite frequently.

    This is the main reason I have rated this down slightly.

    Despite that, there is still plenty here to keep the attention and I must admit that I did become misled in regards to plot direction so bravo to the author for that.

    I also loved the uniqueness of this tale in regards to the relationship between Rebekah and Hester.

    And also the underlying mystery here, that managed to keep this afloat.

    And also found the language used here was of a very lyrical nature.

    This was also a nice touch.

    So that's about it, there were positives and negatives to this story for me.

    It was an alright read but didn't blow me away.

    NetGalley provided me with an ARC of "The Wicked Cometh" by Laura Carlin of which I have reviewed voluntary.

    All opinions expressed are entirely my own

    Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm

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