Review: The White City
Mysterious Disappearances Taint the Chicago World’s Fair
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While attending the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, Winnifred Wylde believes she witnessed a woman being kidnapped. She tries to convince her father, an inspector with the Chicago police, to look into reports of mysterious disappearances around the White City. Inspector Wylde tries to dismiss her claims as exaggeration of an overactive imagination, but he eventually concedes to letting her go undercover as secretary to the man in question—if she takes her pistol for protection and Jude Thorpe, a policeman, for bodyguard.
Will she be able to expose H. H. Holmes’s illicit activity, or will Winnifred become his next victim?
I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis and couldn’t wait to get thrown this late 19th-century true crime inspired book. Imagine my surprise when I slowly realized that this was actually a romance novel disguised as a true crime novel! I didn’t mind it though, because I immediately fell in love with the characters, and the story was so well-written that I couldn’t help but get entangled in their web of mysteries and undercover work and unravel the truth alongside them.
Winnie was sweet, charming, honest and anything but the naive high-born girl I expected her to be. She was consistently a strong character throughout the book and I appreciated her for it. Detective Thorpe/Jude was the total dreamboat you’d expect as a hero in romance novels. And although he was a total cliche, I couldn’t help but root for them both.
To be honest, I had no idea who H.H. Holmes was but so many parts of the story spiked my interest enough to warrant a pause in my reading and do quick Google searches on him, his hotel aka “Murder Castle” and his victims. Now I’m forever intrigued by America’s first serial killer!
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.