The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin

The Wicked Cometh

The year is 1831Down the murky alleyways of London, acts of unspeakable wickedness are taking place and no one is willing to speak out on behalf of the city's vulnerable poor as they disappear from the streets.Out of these shadows comes Hester White, a bright young woman who is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible.When Hester is thrust into the world of the aristocratic Brock family, she leaps at the chance to improve her station i...

Details The Wicked Cometh

TitleThe Wicked Cometh
Release DateFeb 8th, 2018
PublisherHodder and Stoughton
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Lgbt, Adult, Gothic, Victorian, Drama, Glbt, Queer

Reviews The Wicked Cometh

  • Paromjit
    Laura Carlin pulls us into the atmospheric, overflowing poverty, and the filthy, disease infested alleys and backstreets of 1830s London. In this distinctly Dickensian world, the young Hester White resides in the slums, she has lost her parents, and is in search of any route that will take her out of her dire circumstances. Dark nightmarish deeds are taking place as poor folk disappear in the city, but little attention is paid, after all, it impa...
  • Mandy
    This is the story of Hester White, who lives in London. The year is 1831 and life is hard. Hester was born into a family that was reasonably well off, but her parents both died when she was younger and for the past few years she has been living in poverty with her parents' gardener and his family.People are going missing in London. Hester knows about this but doesn't know who could be responsible. She is out one day and a horse and carriage knock...
  • Simon
    This is a fantastic gothic historical novel. We follow Hester White, a young woman keen to get out of the slums of London at any cost, from the capital out to mysterious mansions and back again. A novel brimming with atmosphere. A twisting tale of secrets, whispers and passions. A modern sensation novel indeed.
  • Emma
    Despite some brilliance in the evocative and lyrically expressive style, the book spent far too long lost in itself and was resolved by an 'actually-this-is-what-happened' ending in the form of a reported tale that was beyond ridiculous. The story started slowly, but for the most part that worked effectively to build the necessary character study of Hester as she escapes from her desperately poor situation into the possibility of a new life. Carl...
  • Louise Wilson
    Hester White, is a bright young woman and is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible. Hester is thrust into the world of the aristocratic Brock family, she leaps at the chance to improve her station in life under the tutelage of the fiercely intelligent ans mysterious Rebekah Brock. But whispers from her past slowly begin to poison her new life and both she and Rebekah are lured into the most sinister of investigations. Their trust in...
  • Emma
    So the circle is closed; the merchants have become the goods.I enjoyed this story greatly. It was atmospheric and an interesting storyline. I didn't guess what was going on to well into the second half of the book. The crimes were definitely of the age. The pace was a bit slow in the middle. I enjoyed the blossoming romance too.Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book. All opinions are my own
  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    🌟🌟🌟STARS.ARC-ReviewRelease Date-8/2/18The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin is a middle of the fence story for me.It is set against the backdrop of the slums of London in 1831 and features Hester White born the educated daughter of a parson she has fallen on hard times after the passing of her parents.Taken in by the gardener and his wife Hester soon Finds herself far far down with the dregs of society Using an opportunity of chance Hester f...
  • Lucy Banks
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.Lovely style of writing, intriguing topic, but meandering at times.Victorian setting, mysterious disappearances, a family with more secrets than you can shake a stick at... what's not to like?For the most part, this was a book that worked well - an authentic-feeling glimpse into Victorian life, told through the eyes of Hester, a quiet girl raised by a rough London cou...
  • Jane
    On a dark winter night, a book that promised to draw me back into the 19th century, into a story of family secrets and terrible crimes, called to me.It began with a newspaper report.‘This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of cases where men, women and children are declared missing. Scarcely a week passes without the occurrence of an incident of this type’ The Morning Herald, Tuesday 13 Septemb...
  • Rosemary Standeven
    This book, set in the murky sub-world of Victorian London, and beautifully written in Victorian-style prose, tells the story of Hester White, a young educated orphan, who has fallen upon very hard times. When being involved in an accident offers Hester the opportunity to move up in the world, she grasps it with open arms, and considers any deceptions on her part, to be the price she must pay. She does not reckon with the attachment she will soon ...
  • Thebooktrail
    Hester Hester what a character you are. How I loved being dragged into your world. I say dragged as it’s a fully immersive experience and the stench and squalor of your London is not for the faint hearted but what a journey it was!A girl from a poor family, raised by a rough couple and then in to a world of gentrification. There’s a good story right there. But this had missing children, missing children no one seemed to care about as they wer...
  • Laura
    Book reviews on The Wicked Cometh was a mixed bag for me. Firstly, I loved the way this book was written. It evoked a real sense of time and place, and you could imagine being there with Hester as she navigates and lives among the shady characters of murky 1800's London. The narrative is easy enough to read and the characters are interesting. I liked the element of mystery that hung over the novel, too.There are some good twis...
  • Nigel
    In brief - Decent enough read, story was ok and characters were good. More than a 3, less than a 4 and rounded up for now.In fullI found the start of this book very atmospheric. Set in the London of 1831,it talks about the reported disappearance of Master Hogget. He is not the only person to have gone missing recently. We are then introduced to Hester and her life in much reduced circumstances. The story revolves around Hester, Miss Rebekah and t...
  • Leonie Byrne
    Thank you to Netgalley, Hodder and Stoughton and Laura Carlin for my ARC of The Wicked Cometh in exchange for an honest review. I’m really cheering Laura on as an author since I found out that like me, she lives in Derbyshire! It’s always great to discover an author from your own area, but anyway, I digress, on to the review! The Wicked Cometh is the debut novel from author Laura Carlin. Set in 1831 during the short reign of William IV and pe...
  • Emma
    [Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for kindly providing me with an eARC of the book via NetGalley – I greatly appreciate the opportunity to read and review titles prior to their release, but this does not affect my overall opinion or review of the book itself.]The Wicked Cometh marks a departure for me – it’s the first time in quite a while that I’ve chosen to read a book that has no hint of fantasy or magic, and is purely historical fictio...
  • Karina Read
    I flew through this novel, and despite quite a slow middle, the last third kept me up reading until the end. A bit darker than I expected, Carlin transports the reader back in time to the dark, gritty, poverty-sticken areas of London in this rags-to-riches-esque historical mystery. Her writing is atmospheric and creates vivid imagery through her descriptions. The tension between some of the characters and the desciption of Hester’s daily routin...
  • Kate
    An intense and melodramatic tale of love and peril in darkest Victorian London. Velvety and rich atmosphere. 3.5 stars.
  • Yvonne
    Starting in London in 1830, we are introduced to Hester White, told about her life and her reasons for being where she is.  When she is involved in an accident and taken in by the wealthy Brock family she thinks she may be on the  up.  What starts as an amiable situation takes a turn for the worse and we are taken into a deep, dark evilly twisted world set in the murky gloomy depths of London back streets.This is a historical fiction that from...
  • Ana
    I picked up an advanced proof copy of this at work and boy am I glad I did. This novel had the perfect mix of detail to atmosphere/setting and compelling characters who keep the story moving through all the beautiful descriptive writing. Carlin portrayed the period so authentically, particularly the disparity between the wealthy of early 19th century England and the poor living in London’s east end. I loved the protagonist and the host of chara...
  • Beadyjan
    An awful lot of historical murder mysteries with a blossoming relationship between 2 women from different backgrounds are inevitably compared to the wonderful writing of the inimitable Sarah Waters, and most fall terribly short of the mark.In the Wicked Cometh, this comparison is almost justified. Apart from a drawing out of the story in the middle which made it drag a teeny bit the storyline is excellent. Set in the grimiest courts and alleys of...
  • Pauline
    The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin takes you on a trip back in time to Victorian London and the trials of being poor and living in slum conditions. I really liked the beginning of the book and the character of Hannah, but when she teamed up with Rebekah to try and solve the mystery of the people who had gone missing, I found the book lost a little of its charm. I would like to thank NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for my e-copy in exchange for an...
  • Vikki Patis
    I absolutely love a good historical fiction, especially those set in Victorian England. What a dark, dreary world it was. The Wicked Cometh looks at the era through both a poor and a privileged lens. Hester is an orphan, brought low when her parents died and living with their old gardener, whose past criminality tries to drag Hester down even further. Rebecca comes from a wealthy family, and is instructed to become Hester's teacher, when Rebecca'...
  • Louise
    Enjoyable enough...I felt for the first half,as we got to know Hester,and her feelings for Rebecca ,that we might well be in a Sarah Waters similar was it.Then as we got more and more tangled in the story,it seemed like the without was throwing everything and everyone into the mix and making sure they all tied together.I thought it fairly obvious where the missing people were going,and obvious we were going to have our happy ending.Stil...
  • Maria
    London, 1831. Disappearing is the most common act in the slums, an art form in itself. Faces become countless names that linger before fading into shadows. Going missing where no one is missed, questions laced with fear, whispers in the wind. Something wicked is out there and, as luck would have it, someone is keeping tabs.Hester White was dragged into the harsh corners of the city by the sudden death of her beloved parents. A bright and well-edu...
  • Mike Sumner
    A most accomplished evocation of early nineteenth century England, written in prose that dazzles. Such erudition is the result of Laura Carlin’s impeccable research into life in the 1830s in London and the provinces. Hester White, a parson’s daughter, has fallen on hard times following her parents’ untimely demise at their Lincolnshire parish. Circumstances dictate her remove to London to live with her father’s gardener Jacob and his wife...
  • Judith
    Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this ARC in return for an honest review.A beautifully penned debut novel from Laura Carlin with great attention to detail in portraying the massively contrasting lives of the rich and the poor in the 1830s in London and the surrounding countryside. Hester and Rebekah`s blossoming relationship is sympathetically evoked and the horrific nest of evil they become embroiled in compels the r...
  • Karina
    A richly textured, atmospheric novel set in England in the early 1800's, this has the plotting and tone of Dickens meets Jane Eyre with a dash of Sarah Waters thrown in.Tremendously entertaining and properly melodramatic in a Victorian sort of way, this book had me gripped to the end.The cover is also one of the most gorgeous things I've seen - worth framing.