Charlotte always says exactly what is on her mind, to the distress of those around her. Emily will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Sarah and Dominic seem like the perfect couple - but are they? Edward is by turns loving and autocratic, while Caroline wants peace. Sound like the latest Hollywood drama? Actually, it is the backdrop for a creepy Victorian mystery.
The period details in this piece are perfect. It is slow to start, but once it gets going, you won't be able to put it down. Whodunit is an interesting question, but what makes this book fascinating are the interpersonal dynamics, which become strained, tense, and increasingly complex as the serial killer strikes again and again. Four stars, and I am planning to read on in the series. Those who enjoy period mysteries should give it a try.