*Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
So I read “It is the time of Jack the Ripper, the widowed Queen Victoria sits on the throne of England. The whole of London is on edge wondering when or where Jack will kill next.” And I didn’t read past that as far as the synopsis goes. I was so excited to read about the ripper murders that I was severely disappointed when I realized that wasn’t what this was at all. I love murder mysteries and the old setting but not much else about this book.
I feel like an outlier here as every review I read was praising the story and Chris Karlsen’s writing, and I’m over here struggling to get through and not enjoying it in the least. And since I wasn’t completely drawn in to the story I noticed several mistakes, misspelled words and missing quotation marks, and even a point where William locked a door but the butler somehow opened it anyways with no effort.
Most of the female characters seem to be women who are whiney and can be easily shut up with a lie and shopping. Maybe I was supposed to see this as indicative of the times but instead I just saw it as annoying and overdone after the third time.
I just find it strange that as someone who usually enjoys mysteries and stories featuring psychological issues I found Silk to be bland, boring, and just wanted it to be over and done with about halfway in. It makes me sad because I started the book with such high hopes and I seem to be on a very short list of people who didn’t enjoy it at all.