Book: Dark, Deadly Love
Author: Denise Agnew
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Release Date: July 2010 ebook/May 2011 PB
Dark Deadly Love is filled with the heady atmosphere of late Victorian London, and juxtaposed with two sets of society: the mean streets of the East End and Mayfair as they converge in fear in 1888. Sinister and spooky, Denise Agnew draws on a pivotal moment in history, Jack the Ripper, as he stalks the most vulnerable of London in the cold, dead of night.
Hot on the trail of the Ripper, and of which they have no choice to hunt, Ross Havenwood and Alexandra Watson two would-be lovers suffer an uncanny connection to the murders. This dark link connects them by witnessing the slasher first-hand in their collective dreams. Together they follow the unveiled clues, with a vested interest in saving the life of an acquaintance who is in the crosshairs-as the next victim.
Dark, Deadly Love has definite presence, and a slow steady page that will keep you reading….but it struggles to maintain its identity. Is this piece a mystery? Or romantic suspense? Or is it historical romance? Dark Deadly Love is one of the most different titles that I have read from Samhain…don’t get me wrong, I liked it. Agnew has a deft hand with its brooding atmosphere and it completely drew me in…but at times I found myself wondering….was it a romance? When would Alexandra and Ross make a love connection?
Dark Deadly Love has the feel that it started as something else and morphed into Agnew’s current theme, you sense that ambivalence in the early pages. I expected more on the paranormal front from Ross and Alexandra especially within their dynamic setting. Agnew could have taken any one of numerous avenues to plump up the plot during the Rippers hold on London which at the time was a plethora of the mystical. I suspect more is on the horizon for Agnew, she has a great writing style, and I will definitely be checking out her numerous series titles at Samhain.
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