With a month to go until the publication of The English Monster in the U.S. of A., the first American review is in – and it’s a flipping cracker, courtesy of Booklist, the magazine of the American Libraries Association. They’ve given it a starred review, and they’ve got this to say:
In a feat of perfectly maintained tone and tension, this sinister, fine-grained novel takes as its starting point?the Ratcliffe Highway murders, a real series of crimes in 1811 in London. Shepherd evokes their seedy, maritime milieu with thorough effectiveness, atmospherically framing the brutal crimes.
Thank you indeed, Booklist!