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LJ Ross Recommends a Chilling Historical Suspense Novel for Your Next Read

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June 2022
Reading time 3 Minutes

Northumberland-born LJ Ross is the bestselling author of the DCI Ryan murder mystery series. Each month, she shares an exclusive Book Club pick with Living North readers

This month’s LJ Ross Book Club selection comes in the form of Clare Whitfield’s People of Abandoned Character, a chilling historical suspense novel set in 1888 which tells the tale of Susannah, who rushes into marriage with a young, wealthy surgeon whose behaviour becomes increasingly volatile following their return from honeymoon. Meanwhile, a spate of gruesome murders is reported in Whitechapel and it appears that, every time her husband stays out late, another body is discovered…
Clare Whitfield’s People of Abandoned Character

People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield

LJ’s Thoughts:

‘This is a fantastic debut novel from this author, perfectly paced to draw the reader into the dark and seedy underbelly of Victorian England – full of twists and turns, red herrings and richly textured descriptive prose, it allows the reader to feel they, too, are walking the streets of Whitechapel during a time of heightened fear. It’s an immersive read, and, given the subject matter, readers should be aware there are a few gory passages, but the overall reading experience is a gothic delight, perfect for a dark and stormy night!’

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