Sunday, 13 December 2015

A Book Review: The Devil in Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson

The Devil in the Marshalsea (Tom Hawkins, #1)The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The book is about a debtors prison in the 18th century. It is a grim place and the author has clearly done her homework, as attested by the facts at the back of the book.

The main character, Tom Hawkins, is a flamboyant character; a womaniser and a gambler. Even his best friend acknowledges that Tom is fated to find his way to the infamous debtors gaol. The novel is nicely written with a good and lively pace. There's twists to the plot that leave you wanting more. The characerisation is good and Fleet is a great addition. This is an interesting period of history that is well presented, with the squalor of the period nicely captured.

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