Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Review: A Beautiful Poison
Lydia Kang transports readers into 1918 New York City, from the most opulent mansions to the clock factory where Birdie spends hours each day carefully painting dials. The mystery is a slow burn as our intrepid trio of friends try to decode the messages left with each body, armed with Allene's knowledge of chemistry and Jasper's access to the local morgue. This is one of those books that can easily send you down a bookish rabbit hole. It is easy to read about Jasper working in the morgue or Birdie painting clock faces with radium and jump right into a book like Bellevue or The Radium Girls.
The author makes a bold choice, as none of the main characters is particularly likable. As eighteen year olds, they make selfish and bad decisions often. In certain books, you can tell the good guys from the bad guys. In A Beautiful Poison, almost anyone could be guilty because they all do terrible things to the people in their lives. Each time you think you might know who is behind the mysterious deaths, new information changes everything. I didn't see the ending coming at all. If you love a good mystery and a trip 100 years into the past, this is a great read.
A Beautiful Poison
By Lydia Kang
Lake Union Publishing August 2017
Read via Netgalley
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I do love that time period! Might have to give this one a try. :)ReplyDelete
Let me know what you think if you do!Delete
Ooo... This sounds like it could be quite a good read. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Always happy to make your tbr list longer, Jade. :)Delete
This sounds fun! I like the idea of reading fiction with connections to so many fascinating nonfiction books :)ReplyDelete
I feel like I could make a whole list of nonfiction to read alongside this book. I love stories that spur you to read other things!Delete