I lOVED Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry
Set in the New York at the turn of the century this stroy is cleverly written and such an engaging novel full of twists and turns with complex characters and a plot that is dark and gritty. ( Just my kind of story
My favourite thing about this novel was the wonderful sense of time and place, New York City at the turn of the century was not for the faint hearted by all accounts and Parry's portrayal of the gruesome realites of Carnival life on Coney Island and life in the slums in New York really was excellent. My Great -Grandmother aged 16 arrived in Manhattan from a small farm in Rural Ireland at the turn of the century and I just couldnt help thinking of her in New York as a young emigrant alone and so navive while reading this book.
The author really has a talent for bringing characters to life and I enjoyed each and every one of the diverse characters in this novel. The writing is complex and detailed and I did at times find myself rereading passages expecially as the characters kept slipping into their past in the middle of paragraphs and I would find myself still caught up in their present stroy. Having said that I still found her writing unique and refreshing.
There is great suspense in this stroy and I looked forward to picking this book up every evening.
This Novel was a great read for me and had me gripped from page one. This one will certainly be on my favourites list and I look forward to future novels by this author.