Welcome to one of the last stops on the blog tour of Knife’s Tell by Daniel Dark.
In 1888 one of the most notorious serial killers in history plagued London’s East Side.
Knife’s Tell is not about those murders, but the life behind them. What would cause a normal person to slay in such a horrific way?
Daniel Dark has explored an alternative tale of a doctor lost in reality trying to correct his past. With the help of his personal servant, he searches the Chapel for answers about his connection to the man with the knife.
Where did he come from? And how is the doctor part of his plans for escaping the police at every turn?
Read Knife’s Tell to learn the story behind the blade that killed London.
My Favourite Quotes:
“In each person’s life there is fog. Not the mist that covers a field in the morn, but a thick binding dark grayness that chills your bones in dampness. I have lived most of my days in that fog, as fear encapsulated me each day.”
“Lond was coming to a clear end of the life it had once known so well, and was waking to the callous ruff handed ways of this future.
“Her silence ate at me. What was she thinking about?”
*** Warning: There is graphic content within these pages of both a violent, sexual and sexually violent nature. ***
I am not sure where to start dear readers. The opening line (my first quote in the above section) held such promise for me as I started on the journey of reading this book.
I feel like this novel flirted with brilliance for me, but due to the graphic sexual and violent nature of the story, it overshadowed the prose and storyline.
Victorian London was a dangerous time and I can understand the need to show the reality of the seedy underbelly of it, but for my personal taste, the novel just went too far.
Beyond the disturbing scenes, there were some amazing connections (whether they were based wholly in reality for the main character or not) which caught my interest from what would become the famous authors of the time to the evolution of the police force.
You could also clearly understand the passion for food held by the author and he does an amazing job at the end of the novel describing the dishes within the pages in detail. There is also a companion book with Victorian Catsup recipes that might just be the perfect gift for the sauce lover in your family.
The author’s ability to paint a vivid picture was not lost on me, I just, unfortunately, felt like I had to cover my eyes because of how real it felt.
All in all, it was a well-written book and if you are not squeamish at heart literary lovelies and don’t mind the darkness of Victorian London, this book might just suit your literary tastes.
I heart Knife’s Tell this much:
♥ ♥ ♥ !!
About the Author Daniel Dark!
(*Bio provided by Tomorrow Comes Media)
Daniel Dark, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, grew up with homicide every day. Having a homicide detective as a father, he was able to learn about those that were brought to justice, and the ones that were not.
Spending many hours in Central police headquarters and in his grandfather’s hematology lab gave Daniel an unusual childhood and a love for science. Along with this, his great uncle owned the oldest book store in Nashville. His parents took him there regularly, where developed a love of reading and found out about history.
Daniel went on to become an Electrical Engineer and Industrial Maintenance Manager till NAFTA took away his job. A year later he went to culinary school and studied Victorian cooking, after which he opened a Victorian-style restaurant.
He became a heart attack and stroke survivor at fifty years old, where he used writing to rehabilitate his brain. The first book written by Daniel was on Victorian Catsup, which had over two hundred catsup recipes in it from the late 1700’s to 1910, with over sixty different flavors. Daniel used the book to start his 1876 Catsup company as Mr. Catsup.
Knife’s Tell represents his debut novel as an author.
If you are interested in finding out more about the other tour stops you can locate them at Daniel Dark’s tour page here!
You can find another review posted today on Willow’s Thoughts and Book Obsessions!
As well as an author interview by MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape!
And a vlog by Jazzy Book Reviews!
*** Copy received from Tomorrow Comes Media in exchange for an honest review ***