2020 · Blog Tour · Book review

The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus by Jaime Jo Wright @jaimejowright @bethany_house @LoveBooksGroup

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus by Jaime Jo Wright with thanks to Love Books Tours for opportunity.

About the book

1928 The Bonaventure Circus is a refuge for many, but Pippa Ripley was rejected from its inner circle as a baby. When she receives mysterious messages from someone called the “Watchman,” she is determined to find him and the connection to her birth. As Pippa’s search leads her to a man seeking justice for his murdered sister and evidence that a serial killer has been haunting the circus train, she must decide if uncovering her roots is worth putting herself directly in the path of the killer.
Present Day The old circus train depot will either be torn down or preserved for historical importance, and its future rests on real estate project manager Chandler Faulk’s shoulders. As she dives deep into the depot’s history, she’s also balancing a newly diagnosed autoimmune disease and the pressures of single motherhood. When she discovers clues to the unsolved murders of the past, Chandler is pulled into a story far darker and more haunting than even an abandoned train depot could portend.

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My thoughts

The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus presents us with a duel timeline, I sometimes struggle with books like these but this one has been done wonderfully and after only a couple of chapters I was totally hooked.

We are sent back to 1928 where Pippa Ripley, adopted daughter of wealthy circus owner is trying to find her place in the world. Having been rejected from the circus when she is born she feels the natural tug and it isn’t helped by the fact she is receiving letters from the mysterious Watchman who may hold the secrets to her past.

Present day sees us with Chandler Faulks, single mum who has moved with her son to work on the restoration of the old circus train depot. Having just been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Chandler feels she has to prove she is not only capable of looking after her son but working hard and restoring the depot as well as getting to grips with her illness.

Both woman I found totally fascinating and I really enjoyed following both their stories. I was pleasantly surprised that both women’s narrative were equally gripping, I didn’t find myself preferring one to the other which made this a book extremely difficult to put down.

I loved the mystery involved and how it spanned both timelines and obviously as the title suggests there are some spooky goings on. It’s full of twists to keep you guessing but it’s also very thought provoking.

Not once did I feel like this book dipped, i was totally gripped from first page to last and found the tension built splendidly throughout the story.

If you’re looking for a cracking read that’s a bit gothic, gives you the heebie jeebies, has a fantastic mystery and has you hooked from beginning to end then The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus is the book for you. Highly recommended.

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