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Stalking Jack the Ripper meets Devil in the White City. In order to save her sister, Zuretta takes a job at a notorious house of horrors—but she might never escape. Zuretta never thought she’d encounter a monster—one of the world’s most notorious serial killers. She had resigned herself to a quiet life in Utah. But when her younger sister, Ruby, travels to Chicago durin Stalking Jack the Ripper meets Devil in the White City. In order to save her sister, Zuretta takes a job at a notorious house of horrors—but she might never escape. Zuretta never thought she’d encounter a monster—one of the world’s most notorious serial killers. She had resigned herself to a quiet life in Utah. But when her younger sister, Ruby, travels to Chicago during the World’s Fair, and disappears, Zuretta leaves home to find her.But 1890s Chicago is more dangerous and chaotic than she imagined. She doesn’t know where to start until she learns of her sister’s last place of employment…a mysterious hotel known as The Castle.Zuretta takes a job there hoping to learn more. And before long she realizes the hotel isn’t what it seems. Women disappear at an alarming rate, she hears crying from the walls, and terrifying whispers follow her at night. In the end, she finds herself up against one of the most infamous mass murderers in American history—and his custom-built death trap.


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Stalking Jack the Ripper meets Devil in the White City. In order to save her sister, Zuretta takes a job at a notorious house of horrors—but she might never escape. Zuretta never thought she’d encounter a monster—one of the world’s most notorious serial killers. She had resigned herself to a quiet life in Utah. But when her younger sister, Ruby, travels to Chicago durin Stalking Jack the Ripper meets Devil in the White City. In order to save her sister, Zuretta takes a job at a notorious house of horrors—but she might never escape. Zuretta never thought she’d encounter a monster—one of the world’s most notorious serial killers. She had resigned herself to a quiet life in Utah. But when her younger sister, Ruby, travels to Chicago during the World’s Fair, and disappears, Zuretta leaves home to find her.But 1890s Chicago is more dangerous and chaotic than she imagined. She doesn’t know where to start until she learns of her sister’s last place of employment…a mysterious hotel known as The Castle.Zuretta takes a job there hoping to learn more. And before long she realizes the hotel isn’t what it seems. Women disappear at an alarming rate, she hears crying from the walls, and terrifying whispers follow her at night. In the end, she finds herself up against one of the most infamous mass murderers in American history—and his custom-built death trap.

30 review for The Perfect Place to Die

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of The Perfect Place to Die in exchange for an honest review. This might sound mean, but I'm genuinely unsure of what this book is trying to do which is making it really hard to review. The Perfect Place to Die tells the fictional story of a 17 year old trying to thwart the actual H.H. Holmes but frames it the same way a normal mystery would be told, with the reader following the protagonist as she sifts through false and true leads. It frames Holmes Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of The Perfect Place to Die in exchange for an honest review. This might sound mean, but I'm genuinely unsure of what this book is trying to do which is making it really hard to review. The Perfect Place to Die tells the fictional story of a 17 year old trying to thwart the actual H.H. Holmes but frames it the same way a normal mystery would be told, with the reader following the protagonist as she sifts through false and true leads. It frames Holmes as a twist villain which made sense from a narrative perspective were this a fictional mystery or if the reader didn't know who Holmes was, but the books description makes it very clear that she's trying to solve the H.H. Holmes murders so having a character show up and be like "I'm Henry Holmes! Helpful, good, non-murderer!" was a really weird choice. This story is also really really fictionalized and while I appreciate that it includes an afterword describing what was real and what was fiction, so much of it is fiction that I also don't think this serves as a teaching tool. Moore is definitely a good mystery genre writing, but they'd be well suited for an adult drama/cozy-mystery, not a YA mystery-thriller. This is shelved in YA because our protagonist is 17, but she reads so much like a 30 year old woman that I had to keep reminding myself that she's a teenager. I'd love to read a fully adult mystery by the author, but this one just doesn't work.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sofie |

    Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the eARC fore review! Zuretta's not worried when her sister Ruby runs away from their abusive home. She knows Ruby will be much happier in Chicago, and away from their abusive home. But when Ruby's letters - which, up until then, had been coming reliably every Tuesday - suddenly stop, Zuretta knows something is wrong. So she catches a train to Chicago in the hopes of finding her sister. And this search leads her to the doorsteps of the World's Fair Hot Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the eARC fore review! Zuretta's not worried when her sister Ruby runs away from their abusive home. She knows Ruby will be much happier in Chicago, and away from their abusive home. But when Ruby's letters - which, up until then, had been coming reliably every Tuesday - suddenly stop, Zuretta knows something is wrong. So she catches a train to Chicago in the hopes of finding her sister. And this search leads her to the doorsteps of the World's Fair Hotel. Or, as it's more commonly known - The Castle. If you know the history of Chicago in the late 1800s, and are familiar with the string of grisly murders there, then the Big Bad won't come as a shock to you. I unfortunately read a few reviews before diving into this and had it spoiled for me since I was NOT too familiar with the specifics of the real case, but even so, I enjoyed this book immensely. I am not usually a fan of period dramas, but Moore so wonderfully describes the streets of Chicago, the hotel, and Zuretta's wonder at everything, that I very much enjoyed the setting! Honestly, even knowing that all the red herrings were just that, I still found myself on the edge of my seat. The suspense of Zuretta trying to investigate the hotel without getting caught, of the secrets she finds, of her tense run-ins with all the suspects - it was all so clear in my head that I didn't even mind that I knew where the story was going. It was still gory. It was still heart-racing. It was still a tense game of cat-and-mouse as you BEGGED Zuretta to see what was really going on. My only note is that Zuretta wasn't really written like a 17 year old, though I'm okay chalking that up to the fact that people, especially women, had to grow up so much faster during that time. She made one hell of a final girl, regardless of how unrealistic some things were. The way she found her strength through her memory of her sister, the way she went headfirst in to danger even when she was scared, was admirable. Yes, it was a bit mary-sue-ish, but the story kept me so engaged that it really didn't bother me. I enjoyed Zuretta's shift in character. It made me want to root for her. I loved the real confessions from the killer at the beginning of every chapter, too! It was riveting to connect the names from history to the names in the story. Moore blends the two seamlessly. Overall, a really quick thriller about one of the most prolific serial killers in American History! 3.75 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    3.5 stars This really worked for me, mainly because I’ve already ready the books it’s based on, but still. If you're ALSO obsessed with this era of history, then check this out! Another book to add to the canon of fiction and nonfiction centered on Chicago, the World’s Fair, and H.H. Holmes. Plot: ★★★★ Pacing: ★★★★ Characters: ★★★ Enjoyment: ★★★ 1890s Chicago. The World's Fair. All the glitz and glamour in the world focused on the Windy City...and yet something darker lurks the in streets beneath. Wo 3.5 stars This really worked for me, mainly because I’ve already ready the books it’s based on, but still. If you're ALSO obsessed with this era of history, then check this out! Another book to add to the canon of fiction and nonfiction centered on Chicago, the World’s Fair, and H.H. Holmes. Plot: ★★★★ Pacing: ★★★★ Characters: ★★★ Enjoyment: ★★★ 1890s Chicago. The World's Fair. All the glitz and glamour in the world focused on the Windy City...and yet something darker lurks the in streets beneath. Women are disappearing. They're never seen again. And too many signs point to the Castle, a new hotel built near the grounds of the Fair. Zuretta's sister, Ruby, left their small Utah town to escape to the wilds of Chicago to find a better life. When Ruby's weekly letters stop arriving, Zuretta knows something has happened. She goes to Chicago to investigate. Once in the city, Zuretta realizes that Ruby is not the only girl lost in Chicago...not by a long shot. And the men of the police force and the famous Pinkerton detective agency have bigger fish to fry than helping one country bumpkin find her naïve sister. When all signs point to the Castle hotel, Zuretta decides that she needs to infiltrate it from within. She becomes the Castle's new maid, under the watchful eye of the young owner... Henry Holmes. The Castle's winding, nonsensical architecture entraps Zuretta while the screams in the walls haunt her nights. What's going on at the Castle, and just who, exactly, is behind it all? Zuretta's going to find out—and hopefully escape with her life. Ok so right off the bat, this is another one of those books that I think is either going to really, REALLY work for people... or be a huge miss. I think that shows in a lot of early reviews for this story. It's a huge YES from me, but I think a lot of my enjoyment came from knowing way more about this story's real-life historical roots. If you've already read Erik Larson's Devil in the White City, then you're extremely primed to like this one too as The Perfect Place to Die is a "perfect" (couldn't resist that pun) young adult fictional companion to that story. However, if you've NOT read any of the supporting works (Devil in the White City, fictional renditions like Kerri Maniscalco's Capturing the Devil, etc.) then you're left with the main plot itself, which does have some quirks/weaknesses as it attempts to follow the historical accuracies. It's not the most dramatic of stories, and it's also not the most complex—but again, it's because it's following the historical blueprint. An interesting one for sure. I enjoyed the read and will definitely recommend it to the right audience. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Instagram

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie DeMoss

    Zuretta (Etta) and her sister Ruby live what appears to be a quiet life in Utah, but underneath it all, they are dealing with an angry and abusive father. When Ruby discovers the extent to which Etta has been beaten and abused, she urges her to run away to Chicago and find a better life. Etta decides not to go, but Ruby leaves with dreams of finding a job in the exciting city that is host to the World’s Columbian Exposition (World’s Fair) in 1893. When Ruby’s letters stop coming and Etta begins Zuretta (Etta) and her sister Ruby live what appears to be a quiet life in Utah, but underneath it all, they are dealing with an angry and abusive father. When Ruby discovers the extent to which Etta has been beaten and abused, she urges her to run away to Chicago and find a better life. Etta decides not to go, but Ruby leaves with dreams of finding a job in the exciting city that is host to the World’s Columbian Exposition (World’s Fair) in 1893. When Ruby’s letters stop coming and Etta begins to have frightening dreams, Etta decides to go to Chicago to try and find her sister. This is a fascinating novel that combines the true crime and thriller genres, as well as adding in a touch of magical realism. Fictional and real-life characters combine to tell the story of an actual serial killer in Chicago who ran a “murder house” hotel. Each chapter of the book is headed with a part of the actual confession letter the killer wrote after he was caught, a fascinating and genius addition to the story. We learn a little about the World’s Fair and a lot about the killer and the Pinkerton Detective Agency. It is easy to connect with the serious and determined Etta, who has an admirable ability to focus and analyze events in unfortunate or perilous situations. The two sides of the killer—his public face and his private murderous personality, are shown to great effect. The underbelly of Chicago, waiting to pounce on the unsuspecting young women who have been lured to the city by the famous and popular fair, is almost a character in and of itself. Riveting and sometimes horrifying, this is a combination of true crime and historical fiction that readers will find irresistible. I received a free copy of this book from Sourcebooks Fire via Historical Novels Review magazine. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    3.5 If you are knowledgeable about serial killers this story will feel extremely familiar. I personally don't have much knowledge of the history of murder in Chicago so I went in blind. I thought it had a great protagonist and good suspense. I do have to admit that I predicted the killer a few chapters in without the historical knowledge. One thing that I think would be a great addition would be to add a map of the hotel. Many of the realizations that something is wrong is related to the building 3.5 If you are knowledgeable about serial killers this story will feel extremely familiar. I personally don't have much knowledge of the history of murder in Chicago so I went in blind. I thought it had a great protagonist and good suspense. I do have to admit that I predicted the killer a few chapters in without the historical knowledge. One thing that I think would be a great addition would be to add a map of the hotel. Many of the realizations that something is wrong is related to the building. So having the map slowly filled out throughout the reading could guide the reader. I would have enjoyed a little more gore considering the cover art but I understand this is a YA novel. Overall, great characters, suspenseful, wonderful but predictable plot, and a map would help understand some aspects of the book. Ps. I haven't read Jack the Ripper but there are many references throughout the book. So if you enjoy it this is one you might want to read this story. Thank you, NetGalley, Sourcebooks Fire, and Bryce Moore for the arc.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patty (IheartYA311)

    The Perfect Place to Die is full of horror and mystery. I enjoyed the writing style and character development, and the story was entertaining. The pacing had a few hiccups, and I would have liked more involvement from Thomas. I had hoped for a bigger plot twist but I was not aware the story was founded from fact until I read the Author's Note at the end. Interesting, indeed. Thank you to NetGalley for offering an e-ARC. **Check me out on Bookstagram/Instagram! I'm @Iheartya311 **Looking to make The Perfect Place to Die is full of horror and mystery. I enjoyed the writing style and character development, and the story was entertaining. The pacing had a few hiccups, and I would have liked more involvement from Thomas. I had hoped for a bigger plot twist but I was not aware the story was founded from fact until I read the Author's Note at the end. Interesting, indeed. Thank you to NetGalley for offering an e-ARC. **Check me out on Bookstagram/Instagram! I'm @Iheartya311 **Looking to make new book friends? Join LiterALLy BOOKiSh on Facebook to read reviews, play games, join discussions and more!

  7. 4 out of 5

    AziaMinor

    Overall Rating : A- This was as good as I thought it would be, although it was a bit slow in some parts. RTC!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jan Agaton

    LOVED THESE VIBES & THE ENDING & THE OVERALL FEMALE EMPOWERMENT WOW. 👏👏👏

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3.5 stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mijala mdr

    I live and breathe true crimes so I knew who the book was based on immediately.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andria Sedig

    I  LOVED this book. This book was marketed as perfect for fans of Stalking Jack the Ripper and this was such a great comparison, as it had a lot of things I loved about the other book. Strong female characters, a great mystery, a sense of tension that builds slowly throughout the plot. I love that Etta had agency over herself and her choices, I loved that there were female friendships in this book and there wasn't a heavy sense of romance. This was a really great historical fiction read! I  LOVED this book. This book was marketed as perfect for fans of Stalking Jack the Ripper and this was such a great comparison, as it had a lot of things I loved about the other book. Strong female characters, a great mystery, a sense of tension that builds slowly throughout the plot. I love that Etta had agency over herself and her choices, I loved that there were female friendships in this book and there wasn't a heavy sense of romance. This was a really great historical fiction read!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe

    Thank you so much to Sourcebooks Fire and Bryce Moore for my copy of The Perfect Place to Die. The cover sucked me in immediately and I couldn’t wait to read it. This book is about Zuretta, a girl who’s sister disappears during the 1890’s Chicago World Fair. Zuretta goes to hunt down Ruby, and takes a job in a hotel that is not what it seems. Women are disappearing, she hears crying in the walls, and whispers follow her at night. Then she comes to face with one of the most infamous murderers in Thank you so much to Sourcebooks Fire and Bryce Moore for my copy of The Perfect Place to Die. The cover sucked me in immediately and I couldn’t wait to read it. This book is about Zuretta, a girl who’s sister disappears during the 1890’s Chicago World Fair. Zuretta goes to hunt down Ruby, and takes a job in a hotel that is not what it seems. Women are disappearing, she hears crying in the walls, and whispers follow her at night. Then she comes to face with one of the most infamous murderers in American history and his death trap. Thoughts: The idea behind this book was very interesting. I like that it surrounds the true story of H. H. Holmes and the history there. In a way this book was a mix of a thriller and a historical fiction book. It mixed a lot of fiction with history though, which can be confusing as a reader. I did like Zuretta as a main character- she was bold, fearless, and strong. I LOVED how the chapters were started with part of Holme’s actual confession letter. That was such a fun twist. I didn’t know much about the World’s Fair either, so that was fun to read about. It was predictable, especially if you know the history, but an interesting and engaging read. This is like a YA version of Devil in the White City, and I think it was a fun read. 4-stars!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stacy40pages

    The Perfect Place to Die by Bryce Moore. Thanks to @sourcebooksfire and @netgalley for the gifted e-Arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Zuretta’s sister Ruby escaped from the family farm to the city of Chicago, during the World’s Fair. When Zuretta stops receiving her weekly letters, she knows something is wrong and leaves to investigate. This was a very exciting and creepy suspense. I really like what was done here. I’m trying to keep this vague because I don’t want to spoil anything. I knew from the beginning exactl The Perfect Place to Die by Bryce Moore. Thanks to @sourcebooksfire and @netgalley for the gifted e-Arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Zuretta’s sister Ruby escaped from the family farm to the city of Chicago, during the World’s Fair. When Zuretta stops receiving her weekly letters, she knows something is wrong and leaves to investigate. This was a very exciting and creepy suspense. I really like what was done here. I’m trying to keep this vague because I don’t want to spoil anything. I knew from the beginning exactly what was going on and if you are a true crime fan, you will as well. But that’s okay. In fact, it may even make it more enjoyable because you are living through the experience we’ve only read sensationalized historical pieces about. This was pretty gory at times.. and creepy! I really enjoyed it and the main character. “I haven’t seen the girl, but I know of a hotel that swallows girls like that for lunch. One after the other. All of them pretty. All of them gone.” The Perfect Place To Die comes out 8/3.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa (ve_xo)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me an early copy of this book. I am a huge fan of true crime, love learning about serial killers (weird? I know *insert nervous laugh*). This book kept me guessing, totally a whodunit type of read. The atmosphere is eerie, definitely great for a spooky season read. The mystery kept me on my toes, the descriptions of the whereabouts and landmarks was very well detailed. I walked along with the character as she visited these places. The main character Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me an early copy of this book. I am a huge fan of true crime, love learning about serial killers (weird? I know *insert nervous laugh*). This book kept me guessing, totally a whodunit type of read. The atmosphere is eerie, definitely great for a spooky season read. The mystery kept me on my toes, the descriptions of the whereabouts and landmarks was very well detailed. I walked along with the character as she visited these places. The main character was definitely likable, the character development was well built and the plot had a great pace. I do suggest to keep in mind of any trigger warnings that may affect the reader, this should be directed to an older audience. We see the evolution of a serial killer, a real one you could do some research on, HH Holmes. I hardly ever read thrillers/ scary books or historical fiction for that matter. I look forward to reading more by this author, their writing is captivating!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I've been interested in the stories of HH Holmes since reading Devil in the White City with my daughter taking AP Lang years ago. Then there was the American Horror Story season that touched on him. So I was excited to find the fictional account. There were some areas where I wish there had been more detail, but overall a good story. "Zuretta never thought she’d encounter a monster—one of the world’s most notorious serial killers. She had resigned herself to a quiet life in Utah. But when her you I've been interested in the stories of HH Holmes since reading Devil in the White City with my daughter taking AP Lang years ago. Then there was the American Horror Story season that touched on him. So I was excited to find the fictional account. There were some areas where I wish there had been more detail, but overall a good story. "Zuretta never thought she’d encounter a monster—one of the world’s most notorious serial killers. She had resigned herself to a quiet life in Utah. But when her younger sister, Ruby, travels to Chicago during the World’s Fair, and disappears, Zuretta leaves home to find her. But 1890s Chicago is more dangerous and chaotic than she imagined. She doesn’t know where to start until she learns of her sister’s last place of employment…a mysterious hotel known as The Castle. Zuretta takes a job there hoping to learn more. And before long she realizes the hotel isn’t what it seems. Women disappear at an alarming rate, she hears crying from the walls, and terrifying whispers follow her at night. In the end, she finds herself up against one of the most infamous mass murderers in American history—and his custom-built death trap."

  16. 5 out of 5

    Heidi_pie

    4.5* I received an ARC from the publisher in return for an honest review. This book will be released on August 3rd 2021 I LOVED this book. If you know your serial killers then this story might be familiar to you, thankfully I am not well versed so I won't mention who it's based on (the name is the same in the book as in real life) in case it spoils the mystery for you 😂 I had no idea who the killer was, though once it was revealed I did think it seemed familiar. This story is is very well paced, an 4.5* I received an ARC from the publisher in return for an honest review. This book will be released on August 3rd 2021 I LOVED this book. If you know your serial killers then this story might be familiar to you, thankfully I am not well versed so I won't mention who it's based on (the name is the same in the book as in real life) in case it spoils the mystery for you 😂 I had no idea who the killer was, though once it was revealed I did think it seemed familiar. This story is is very well paced, and the world building is just right. I was pulled into this book immediately and didn't want to put it down and I am usually quite a slow reader. The story follow Zuretta a smalltown girl from Manti, Utah. Zuretta follows her sister to Chicago after her letters home abruptly stop. Zuretta then embodies her crime-solving idols, the Pinkerton Detectives and goes undercover in the mysteriously constructed hotel her sister was last known to work at close to the Chicago World Fair.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Ofiesh

    3.5-3.75? Spooky, fast paced thriller? good! The fact that I knew who the killer was because it’s literal history and therefore was annoyed that the main character couldn’t figure it out fast enough? Bad.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gillian Evans

    This book was super unique and had a great ending. Although this is a novel I LOVED how it’s based on a true serial killer in Chicago. Moore put quotes from H.H Holmes’ confession at the beginning of each chapter and I thought that was super creepy and added a cool touch to the book. I also really liked how Zuretta knew her self worth and stood up for what she deserves as a woman in this field. Loved it!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marisa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. SPOILERS BELOW The Perfect Place to Die is an adequate novel. Bryce Moore commits to telling Zuretta's story, even if some parts are a bit too outrageous to believe. Zuretta reads like a historic fiction version of the manic pixie dream girl, starting out shy and awkward, unable to stand up for herself, and ending the novel as a detective so perfect that the Pinkertons are basically begging her to join their agency., and her development feels forced and artificial. I didn't feel personally connec SPOILERS BELOW The Perfect Place to Die is an adequate novel. Bryce Moore commits to telling Zuretta's story, even if some parts are a bit too outrageous to believe. Zuretta reads like a historic fiction version of the manic pixie dream girl, starting out shy and awkward, unable to stand up for herself, and ending the novel as a detective so perfect that the Pinkertons are basically begging her to join their agency., and her development feels forced and artificial. I didn't feel personally connected to any of the characters, and I wish I could've seen more of Zuretta's relationship with her sister. There was so little background between the two of them that Zuretta's stubborn passion to find her didn't make sense. Overall, I had a decent time reading this. I wouldn't read it again, but I didn't hate it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Helen Farch

    This historical serial killer mystery takes place in Chicago during the 1890’s. Zuretta leaves her home in rural Utah to search for her sister, Ruby, who has gone missing after fleeing the family home to escape their abusive father. All Zuretta knows is what Ruby wrote to her in her weekly letters, until they stopped. Ruby had found a job as a maid in a hotel in the city, and fallen in love with a mystery man. So Zuretta, who is obsessed with the Pilkington detectives, and wants to join this ill This historical serial killer mystery takes place in Chicago during the 1890’s. Zuretta leaves her home in rural Utah to search for her sister, Ruby, who has gone missing after fleeing the family home to escape their abusive father. All Zuretta knows is what Ruby wrote to her in her weekly letters, until they stopped. Ruby had found a job as a maid in a hotel in the city, and fallen in love with a mystery man. So Zuretta, who is obsessed with the Pilkington detectives, and wants to join this illustrious firm, scours the city until she finds where her sister worked - the mysterious hotel known as The Castle. From the start, Zuretta knows something wrong is going on here, but no one will believe her. Determined to solve the mystery of Ruby’s disappearance, she gets a job there too and is determined to unravel the secrets of the hotel and those that run it. This is a fictional story based on a real serial killer (I won’t say the name because…. spoilers) from the era - one of America’s worst mass murderers. The story is fast paced and a quick read and is certainly spooky and a little gruesome, with Zuretta suffering from nightmares of her (most likely dead) sister. Zuretta is determined and resourceful. If, like me, you are not familiar with the history of this story, it is full of surprised and twists. Suitable for older teen readers who love serial killer mysteries. Thanks to NetGalley and SourceBooks Fire for the review copy of this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cristy Villemaire

    Eerie and unsettling. Well it's no secret this cover is amazing, pulls you in without warning. Not only the cover is eerie and unsettling, the story is based out of the true crimes committed by the notorious case of H.H. Holmes. He is known as the american Jack the Ripper for his horrific crimes againt Chicago residents in the late 1800. The story centers on Zuretta and her mission to find out the unexplainable disappearance of her sister Ruby. It is sometimes difficult to read about the story, th Eerie and unsettling. Well it's no secret this cover is amazing, pulls you in without warning. Not only the cover is eerie and unsettling, the story is based out of the true crimes committed by the notorious case of H.H. Holmes. He is known as the american Jack the Ripper for his horrific crimes againt Chicago residents in the late 1800. The story centers on Zuretta and her mission to find out the unexplainable disappearance of her sister Ruby. It is sometimes difficult to read about the story, the way Zuretta is treated by her father and the physical and mental abuse he provides towards her. Ruby been less timid and more outgoing travels from their small town to the fast growing city of Chicago. Unfortunately Ruby stops communicating all together and Zuretta is determined to find her. To her surprise, Chicago proves to be soul crushing and finds herself lost and desperate. With the help of friend maid Phebe and Detective Thomas she finds clues as to where to go and she is pointed to the famous Castle Hotel. There she will endure a test of wits and mental endurance to find her sister's downfall. If you enjoy slow burn murder mysteries and Sherlock Holmes style stories this is the book for you absolutely loved the story and that ending was very, very satisfying.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michaela Bergland

    3.5 stars This was an interesting read. The writing was captivating and kept me eagerly turning each page. At the same time, the story itself was fairly predictable, since it was based on the true events of H. H. Holmes and the Chicago Murder Castle. As Zuretta is investigating her sister's disappearance, she contemplates a few suspects as she goes undercover as a maid at the Castle. As someone who's familiar with true crime and the actual case, there was no mystery in it for me, and when the "tw 3.5 stars This was an interesting read. The writing was captivating and kept me eagerly turning each page. At the same time, the story itself was fairly predictable, since it was based on the true events of H. H. Holmes and the Chicago Murder Castle. As Zuretta is investigating her sister's disappearance, she contemplates a few suspects as she goes undercover as a maid at the Castle. As someone who's familiar with true crime and the actual case, there was no mystery in it for me, and when the "twist" was the reveal of the murderer being Holmes, it wasn't a surprise for me. Because of my knowledge of this case, there were aspects of the plot that I already knew. However, I was interested in Zuretta's arc and what would happen specifically to her, which is what kept me invested in the story. I think it would've been more of a surprise if the author hadn't used Holmes as an actual character in the story, or his accomplice. The setting could've stayed the same, but if the names had been changed, maybe there would've been more actual mystery for me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura Yip

    It's been awhile since I've been so compelled by a story and yet so confused as to why. This had all the makings of a good book: missing sister, mysterious kidnappings, plucky undercover maids, an ominous hotel with architecture that makes no discernable sense. I continuously felt the need to keep reading, but it's not like the plot went anywhere particularly quickly and I wasn't really rooting for any of the characters. The end was predictable, even more so when I read the Author's Note and dis It's been awhile since I've been so compelled by a story and yet so confused as to why. This had all the makings of a good book: missing sister, mysterious kidnappings, plucky undercover maids, an ominous hotel with architecture that makes no discernable sense. I continuously felt the need to keep reading, but it's not like the plot went anywhere particularly quickly and I wasn't really rooting for any of the characters. The end was predictable, even more so when I read the Author's Note and discovered the whole thing was based on serial killer H.H. Holmes. I know little to nothing about Holmes, so while it could have been a surprise to me, it's odd that his reveal as the murderer was portrayed as some grand twist, especially after including excerpts from his real-life confession at the beginning of each chapter. That's when it all clicked into place. The story of H.H. Holmes is indeed compelling. Just not this story of H.H. Holmes.

  24. 5 out of 5

    thatbookwormgirl

    Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this title prior to this novel's release date. This book was so good! I really enjoyed the main character Zuretta and her drive to solve the mystery. I love the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, so anyone else who does needs to read this book as well. This book features a strong heroine who wants to bring the truth forth without the help of a man. A historical fiction based on a real serial killer is sure to intrigue any true crime/murder mystery fan Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this title prior to this novel's release date. This book was so good! I really enjoyed the main character Zuretta and her drive to solve the mystery. I love the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, so anyone else who does needs to read this book as well. This book features a strong heroine who wants to bring the truth forth without the help of a man. A historical fiction based on a real serial killer is sure to intrigue any true crime/murder mystery fan. Some trigger warnings for the book includes emotional abuse, murder, physical abuse, gaslighting, abusive parents, missing persons, and more. I would make sure to be aware of these before reading the book. Overall, I would recommend the book!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Camille Silva

    I was given an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. I LOVED this book! I devoured it in two days. The pace was good, the writing was good, and the plot was perfect. I was also very impressed that a man wrote a female lead so well, so A+ for that. This was just the book I needed. It was quick and short but entertaining and had me on the edge of my seat. I loved the setting of Chicago, and it was so well depicted I felt as if I was actually there. Zuretta was so well written, her emo I was given an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. I LOVED this book! I devoured it in two days. The pace was good, the writing was good, and the plot was perfect. I was also very impressed that a man wrote a female lead so well, so A+ for that. This was just the book I needed. It was quick and short but entertaining and had me on the edge of my seat. I loved the setting of Chicago, and it was so well depicted I felt as if I was actually there. Zuretta was so well written, her emotions were perfectly on point, I could feel what she was feeling. I love a determined female lead and Zuretta delivered. Basing books off of history is hard but this book was executed perfectly. (Get it? Executed?? :p) Don't mind me and my puns. For real though, read this book if you want a quick, heart racing thriller.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Historical & based on true events Mentions of gruesome death and death of a sibling, physical abuse If you have no idea who HH Holmes is then by all means read this book. However, for most of us that are aware, this barely gets 3 stars and a review. I went into this with no idea about the plot or setting (big mistake) but the cover compelled me. Let's see...the main character is contradictory and unreliable, there is suspense even after I realized what this was about back in the first section and Historical & based on true events Mentions of gruesome death and death of a sibling, physical abuse If you have no idea who HH Holmes is then by all means read this book. However, for most of us that are aware, this barely gets 3 stars and a review. I went into this with no idea about the plot or setting (big mistake) but the cover compelled me. Let's see...the main character is contradictory and unreliable, there is suspense even after I realized what this was about back in the first section and the ending was questionable (moreso than the meat of the book). You will feel a way about this but barely enough to continue. Reiteration that if you know Mr. Mudgett's bground then don't even bother. I enjoyed this until I didn't and since it's so short, I had to finish it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    Knowing the history of the man called H.H.Holmes (one of many aliases) and The Castle. When hearing true crime histories it is always a wonder what it must have been like for the people around at the time. I found this quite an interesting ficticious view from the depths of it's halls. If I could change anything it would just the the author's note in the end, to give a more detailed explanation of the real events. Knowing the history of the man called H.H.Holmes (one of many aliases) and The Castle. When hearing true crime histories it is always a wonder what it must have been like for the people around at the time. I found this quite an interesting ficticious view from the depths of it's halls. If I could change anything it would just the the author's note in the end, to give a more detailed explanation of the real events.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cmeiss330

    Quick moving thriller about a tough Mormon girl who leaves Utah and heads to Chicago determined to find out what happened to her sister at the Castle of HH Holmes. It was well researched even though some things are changed for the story’s flow. I liked how Zuretta had a lot of agency. The story is brutal but for those familiar with Holmes, the actual excerpts of his “memoir-confession” are more gruesome to me. Thank you to NetGalley for letting me read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    lou

    you had me at stalking jack the ripper

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alissa Kowalski

    I mean... maybe if you don’t know who HH Holmes is it would work? But that was also the main selling point for me so I’m not sure

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