Deception on Sable Hill
Anyway, Secrets of Sloane House didn't amaze me, but it was much better than I had originally anticipated, so Deception on Sable Hill made my reading list.
This book felt like it had so much going for it but couldn't quite get there. I never felt the romance between Eloisa and Sean, even though the bare bones of it could have made it really good. ("Lowly" Irish police officer in love with a sweet society lady with hidden pain? Could have been lovely. Sadly, it wasn't) Also, some things plot-wise didn't make sense to me.(For instance, if Eloisa is the sheltered society girl with strict parents the way the book says she is, how is it that she keeps going off with Sean or on her own without her parents noticing? For parents who we were told were so concerned with their daughter's standing in society, they didn't seem to pay much attention to her comings and goings without being chaperoned.) At first I was thinking I was really going to like the secondary plot with Sean's sister Katie and Officer Howard, but even that petered off for me and didn't really work, either.
My last complaint is that this wasn't really a mystery like I was thinking it was going to be; we were never really given enough information to figure out who the killer was (and neither were our protagonists either, for that matter). We just sort of...found out...there at the end. I guess that makes this more of a "Thriller" than a "Mystery" but it really wasn't that suspenseful, at least for me.
Anyway, this book was kind of a bust for me; I just didn't care for it. it moved really slowly and while there were some nice historical aspects, I just couldn't get into it.
I received this book for free from booklook.com in exchange for my honest review.