Adult Book Review

Beneath London’s Fog by Iona Caldwell

The Book:

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Book Author: Iona Caldwell

Genre: Horror/ Paranormal

Publishing Date: October 30th, 2019

Publisher: FyreSyde Publishing

Synopsis:  Jonathan is the immortal master of Raven Hollow Manor – a decrepit mansion riddled with superstition, murder and restless ghosts. Beneath it lies a restless malice.

Its previous owner driven mad, violently kills his guests with a rusted ax, creating the perfect venue for Jonathan to seclude himself in a prison of his own device.

When the streets of London begin to run red with blood; the bodies exhibiting disturbing signs and baffling wounds, the identity of the killer remains elusive to police.

The bodies are just the beginning of Jonathan’s troubles. A mysterious letter accusing Jonathan of committing the murders appear, raising suspicion in the police. Hidden beneath the mangled bodies, Jonathan soon realizes he is being forced to face demons he thought died in a forlorn past he attempted to escape. 

One thing Jonathan knows for certain: He must deal with the demons of his past if he is to survive his future. Not only him but those he has come to love as well.

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The Review:

“I am a monster wearing the face of a man.”

Beneath London’s Fog is a haunting tale of a tortured soul fighting to keep his humanity in the wake of his monstrous sins and urges. With notes of the macabre, like the works of Poe, and a sad tale not unlike Anne Rice’s Louis, this one is sure to put you under its spell. It offers a tale of revenge, beauty, horror, and emotion.

This was such a satisfying story. Though it was short, it left me with the sense of having read a full book, because I never felt like anything was missed or left out. It was rich in detail, quick and easy to read, but also slow burning and very well developed.

I loved getting to know Jonathan and his story. He reminded me of Anne Rice’s character Louis, and also of Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But, he also had his own appeal and haunting characteristics that made him such a vivid character.

I enjoyed the twists and turns of the story. I loved the fact that the “evil” lurking in the fog of London was not what you would have expected from a horror story. I also loved how Jonathan fought to keep his humanity, despite being a monster himself.

I could definitely see myself reading this again, and I’m so glad I read this right before Halloween, because it really put me in the mood for my favorite holiday. It was hauntingly beautiful and really came to life, with just the right amount of horror and paranormal aspects. And the ending left me with hope for a second installment! What a satisfying read!

“I never claimed to be a good man but not all monsters are the same.”

5 Rating

Quotes used are from the book written by the author and are from an advanced copy, so they may be subject to change.
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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