Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Grace Hammer: Dickensian heroine trying to survive

Grace Hammer : a Novel of the Victorian UnderworldGrace Hammer : a Novel of the Victorian Underworld by Sara Stockbridge

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Grace Hammer lived in Whitechapel, London, during Jack the Ripper's era. This Dickensian style story features Grace and her four children, who are petty thieves and pickpockets, although living in relative comfort and security. One day Grace's past catches up with her, as an evil man seeking revenge for a wrong she did him years ago seeks her out in London. This is not a light, easy book to read...there's plenty of squalor, thievery, violence, and poverty. But I liked Stockbridge's writing and I had a hard time putting it down.

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