43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Brilliantly written, psychologically devastating,
By A Customer
This review is from: Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem (Hardcover)
This is a psychological murder-mystery thriller set in Victorian London. It's far better than the usual historical novels - Ackroyd makes you feel almost as if you're there by piling up an accumulation of small physical details- the smell, the taste, the colours, the sounds of the period. His ear for dialogue and his depth of knowledge are very impressive too. Plots aren't ALWAYS his strong point, but the plot of this is good, subtle and complex, peripherally drawing in major 19th century figures like Karl Marx and George Gissing.
The narrative piles on details until eventually the strands gather together and you realise you've somehow become drawn into the mind of a psychopath.
I'm not keen usually on murder or horror - and I find some of the details repellent. But artistically they are necessary, and they work very well indeed. I highly recommend this book.