2020 · Blog Tour · Book review

Letters from the Dead by Sam Hurcom @SamHurcom @orionbooks

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Letters from the Dead by Sam Hurcom. Many thanks to Alex at Orion for the opportunity and the gifted copy of the book.

About the book

1905. A year after ‘the affair’ in Dinas Powys, Thomas Bexley has become a drunkard and recluse, haunted by terrible visions of the dead. But when news of a spate of extraordinary kidnappings reaches him, Thomas is shocked to learn that his dear friend and former mentor, Professor Elijah Hawthorn, is the lead suspect.

Discovering a plea for help from Hawthorn claiming to have unearthed a gruesome conspiracy at the heart of the Metropolitan Police, Thomas embarks on a journey to prove Hawthorn’s innocence.

But wherever Thomas goes, he is followed by the dead, and as the mystery of Hawthorn’s disappearance deepens, so too does Thomas’s apparent insanity…

How can Thomas be certain of the truth when he can’t trust anybody around him, not even himself…?

Released on November 26th, Letters from the Dead is available to preorder now – Bookshop.org | Hive | Amazon

My thoughts

When I started reading this book I didn’t actually realise it was book 2 in the Thomas Bexley series but it honestly made no difference and can definitely be read as a stand alone which is fab. I will however be reading book 1 A Shadow on the Lens very soon because I just devoured and loved Letters from the Dead.

Thomas Bexley is a very unreliable narrator, he’s a drunk, he doesn’t know what he did yesterday, the day before or even the month before. Having stopped working he’s become a recluse and heavily depends on alcohol to help ward off the visions of the dead he sees but he’s a very interesting character and one I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know.

Throughout the story he questions himself, his sanity and his innocence and as the reader I questioned them too only finding things out as Thomas did.

Set in 1905 London and Scotland the author has done a marvellous job of creating a story that is compelling and eerie. I loved the abandoned Scottish castle, it totally gave me the heebie jeebies and it’s written so well it’s very easy to imagine, to picture the scenes clearly in your mind.

It’s a fantastic mystery that really pulls you in, giving you little clues throughout and I really enjoyed trying to fit them together. It’s dark, gothic, it’s gripping and tense. It’s a story that I got so excited about while reading that i completely lost track of time, it felt like it had a hold of me and wouldn’t let go until I finished the very last page.

Letters from the Dead is a story I highly recommended. It has everything and more that a historical crime fiction book should have and I cannot wait to read more from the very talented Sam Hurcom.

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