Woman in the Veil by Laura Joh Rowland

Sarah Bain is a crime scene photographer for the Daily World newspaper in 1890 London. She, along with her friends and colleagues Mick O’Reilly and Hugh Staunton, is in search of a new case. When they come upon the scene of a murdered woman by the Thames, Sarah realizes the woman is very much alive and soon becomes involved in identifying this woman, and finding who left her for dead.   

This book had a very good premise, and the plot itself was good, but I found the manner in which the story was told to be very distracting. The narrative is first person present tense, and in this case it came across merely as a bland, straight-forward recitation of events. Because Sarah was constantly reflecting on her own thoughts and feelings, left me removed from any of the action, and it created a distance from the other characters. There was also a great deal of repetition of thoughts, and referencing previous cases constantly, which intruded on the plot.

I do wish I could have liked this more, because the mysterious woman and the individuals who identify, each for their own reasons, was intriguing.

My thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the advance reader copy made available for my review.

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