Review: Mayhem, Sarah Pinborough

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley from the publisher in return for an honest review*
Mayhem, Sarah Pinborough cover
A new killer is stalking the streets of London’s East End. Though newspapers have dubbed him ‘the Torso Killer’, this murderer’s work is overshadowed by the hysteria surrounding Jack the Ripper’s Whitechapel crimes.
The victims are women too, but their dismembered bodies, wrapped in rags and tied up with string, are pulled out of the Thames – and the heads are missing. The murderer likes to keep them.

Sarah Pinborough is a critically acclaimed horror, thriller and YA author. In the UK she is published by both Gollancz and Jo Fletcher Books at Quercus and by Ace, Penguin and Titan in the US. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies and she has a horror film Cracked currently in development and another original screenplay under option. She has recently branched out into television writing and has written for New Tricks on the BBC and has an original series in development with World Productions and ITV Global.
Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story, and has three times been short-listed for Best Novel. She has also been short-listed for a World Fantasy Award. Her novella, The Language of Dying was short-listed for the Shirley Jackson Award and won the 2010 British Fantasy Award for Best Novella.

The people who follow my blog know that I am very sensitive about covers. I love pretty covers. I love books abut crime, murder and investigation. And I love Victorian London. Combining this with the synopsis of this book it only makes sense I wanted to read this book.
The first fifty pages I had a lot of problems with the changing perspective. There was dr. Bond who I liked a lot and he was going trough a lot on a few pages already which made me curious. Detective Moore was easy to like for me too. He was a real police men. I had a lot of problems with Aaron though. I had problems placing him. The atmosphere was set very quick though. A dark and glooming setting where everyone could be a murderer.
Further in the story the focus comes more with dr. Bond so I hooked myself to him and scanned the other points of view a bit more. This scanning happened too because there was a lot of repeating in the story while other things developed slowly. Still the atmosphere in the book was so well done it kept me reading. I just had to know if they would manage to finish their mission.


Author: Sarah Pinborough
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Pages: 400
Format: eGalley
ISBN-10: 1623650860
ISBN-13: 9781623650865
Series: Mayehm #1
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3 stars

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15 January, 2014 delete

This is definitely not for me :(
But I'm glad you enjoyed!