Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ARC Review: The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal

The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal
From the blurb:

A story too secret, too terrifying—and too shockingly intimate—for Victorian eyes.

A note to the Editor

Dear Henry,

I have been Simon Feximal’s companion, assistant and chronicler for twenty years now, and during that time my Casebooks of Feximal the Ghost-Hunter have spread the reputation of this most accomplished of ghost-hunters far and wide.

You have asked me often for the tale of our first meeting, and how my association with Feximal came about. I have always declined, because it is a story too private to be truthfully recounted, and a memory too precious to be falsified. But none knows better than I that stories must be told.

So here is it, Henry, a full and accurate account of how I met Simon Feximal, which I shall leave with my solicitor to pass to you after my death.

I dare say it may not be quite what you expect.

Robert Caldwell
September 1914

Heather's rating:

In the few days since I finished this book, I found myself coming back to this story more and more! I originally gave this story 4.5 stars, but I'm giving it the full 5 stars now. I just can't stop thinking about it!

Full confession: I originally DNFed this story.

Granted, it was like the first few pages, but I just didn't get it the first time around. This book has been lingering on my Kindle for a long time, and I hate having overdue review copies left unresolved, so I decided to give it another go.

And this time? I was riveted.

Sure, the style is unconventional. It is told through a journal-type format, with Robert writing out his accounts of his adventures with famed ghost hunter, Simon Feximal. Now, I never read any of the prequel stories with these characters in them, and even though this book is billed as technically the 4th in a series, you can easily just start with this story without being lost.

Despite a small period of time where I had to get used to the format, once I got into the groove of the writing, I found it to be positively divine. There is just EVERYTHING in this collection of stories: Absolutely fascinating world-building, incredible characters, lots of chemistry, and a romance that was so profound that I was almost moved to tears at times. I will forever remember Simon and Robert, and I hope that K.J. Charles creates more and more books in their world.

This is K.J. Charles doing what she does best. She is just the master at historicals with a paranormal twist, and I simply can't read her stuff fast enough.

**Copy provided in exchange for an honest review**

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Catch ya later!

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