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 1st, 2018
PublisherHodder and Stoughton
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Lgbt

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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jo
    This book was delicious. It was that delicious, that I can still Carlin's words on my lips. I actually think I might be in love. In my opinion, this book is very underrated and deserves a higher rating here on goodreads. I found this book very difficult to put down, and when I did, my mind was constantly thinking about it. Carlin had the most beautiful, flowing writing style, that just draws you in from the first chapter. She manages to bring ali...
  • Rachel
    The Wicked Cometh could have been a perfectly adequate novel had it been written by someone with a modicum more talent for storytelling. It's unfortunate that a lesbian neo-Victorian thriller should be this devoid of passion and suspense, but as it stands, this was a rather dull and middling read.From the very first page, everything about this book feels contrived. The premise is frankly absurd: a down on her luck young woman named Hester living ...
  • 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)
    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 finds herself in se...
  • Sara
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.The Wicked Cometh is a dark, gritty Victorian tale centering on heroine Hester White and her attempts to escape a life in the slums. All the while, whispers of wicked and dangerous acts appear to be happening to the poorest of the community, with people mysteriously disappearing. Thrust into upper society after a chance accident, Hester falls under the tutelage of the charismatic Reb...
  • Umut Reviews
    You may find this review on my blog too:, what a journey this book was! It took me by surprise with its beautiful writing, gothic atmosphere, mysteries, twists and characters! I absolutely loved it.I listened to this book on Audible and it was fantastic choice of artist with an amazing performance that reflected the protagonist’s character so well. Big thumbs up to Audible! The Wicked Cometh is a goth...
  • 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...
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    ↠ 3.5 starsI actually didn’t know this was so dramatically gay until I read it and wow, my heart 😭 The heroine Hester is so passionate when expressing her love for Rebekah and it’s quite incredible. (There’s even a line that compares Rebekah to a sunset that gilds Hester’s day.)The Wicked Cometh is a gritty Victorian novel that’s 50% romance and then 50% murder mystery, and I admit the fact the romance part wasn’t intertwined wit...
  • Ova - Excuse My Reading
    This was quite an atmospheric novel in the way it paints 1800's London. But I found it difficult to get into the story. In a lot of ways it was very similar with Sarah Water's The Fingersmith.I can fault the writing and setting it's just wasn't original enough, it resembled me other books I've read, so settled on 3 stars.
  • 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...
  • Cathy
    Following a narrow escape from under the wheels of a carriage, Hester is taken under the wing of a handsome young surgeon, Calder Brock, who, in an echo of Pygmalion, sets out to educate her in an effort to prove that the poor are capable of education. Hester finds herself drawn to Calder’s sister, Rebekah, who is charged with her tuition. Soon Hester becomes eager for any excuse to be in Rebekah’s presence, daring to hope that her own feelin...
  • MaryannC.Book Fiend
    A gothic, engrossing read about a young woman living in the far depths of poverty who is given the chance to change her circumstances and live among the gentry in London, 1831. After tragically losing her parents, young Hester White is taken in by her gardener's family where she lives in squalor and hunger but seeks and dreams of a way out to a better life. In a chance encounter Hester White finds herself taken in by the wealthy Brock Family who ...
  • kerrie
    This Victorian, gothic, lesbian excellence. I ADORED.The crafting and pacing of the story were wonderful, the writing was stunning (just ethereal honestly), the characters captivating. The ending? incredible. The novel keeps you gripped and takes you places you don't quite expect. I hold Hester and Rebekah very dear to me, and my god do I hope Laura Carlin writes more historical novels. The fact that this is her debut blows my mind. Stunning. Mor...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Robin Stevens
    A glorious, gothic mystery story that felt like a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint from Doctor Who. Victorian mystery solving ladies! I loved it. (14+)*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking permission from me first. Thank you!*
  • Cassidy (Reminders of the Changing Time)
    To see all of my book-related content, check out my blog @ The Wicked Cometh having near-universally positive reviews, I suppose this will stand as an unpopular opinion. Yeah, I’m not shocked either.. You know how some books you can hate and still understand how other people may like them? Yeah, this wasn’t one of those; every time I have thought about it since giving up on it, all I have experienced is a feeling of ...
  • Eve K
    I'm in love with this book.Ever since I last put it down, it's crossed my mind repeatedly. I get excited to keep reading and then sadly remember I've already finished it. This book deserves a MUCH higher rating than it has on Goodreads.Laura Carlin writes with the most beautiful prose I've ever read, and I usually hate reading anything poetic. But her writing is so fitting with the history she's encapsulating, it felt like I was there with the ch...
  • Angela Smith
    Well it was a good book and I found it easy to have read big chunks of it without realising so many pages had been read. In other words it told a good story and had a rather unconventional relationship (for the time it was set in) I hadn't been expecting it going into the book but it was well written and convincing. The story was set in 19th century London during some of the worst times with slums barely habitable and filth/crime ridden streets w...
  • 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...
  • Janet
    I like historical fiction and the blurb really drew me in. Indeed I was hooked in the beginning. Set in 1830's London, the feel felt very Dickensian with cobbled streets; backstreet alleyways; a sensory overload; and gentry vying for space in and amongst the poor going about their daily business. Hester White is now living in the slums as she lost her parents and came to London to live with what were essentially the hired help. Very generous of t...
  • 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...