2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Could be a case of more style than content-disappointing,
This review is from: The Whores' Asylum (Paperback)
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Very light and frothy Victorian style melodrama with a beatifully designed book jacket which has been made to resemble a cloth cover. There are a few Victorian style illustrations inside the book which are part of the concept but I'm afraid that's about all I have to say because I just didn't enjoy reading "The Whore's Asylum". The problem seems to be that publishing companies are putting so much spin on their publications you end up with a book that's nothing like the synopsis and that seems to be the case here. I was expecting a dark, gritty Victorian, Dickensian, tale of prostitution and poverty but that's not what I got. OK; the book's beautifully written, but I found both the plot and the characters shallow and never particularly real or believable. The story unwinds itself slowly through the testament, statements, of various people who were all witness to particular events but there was never anything that hooked me or kept me interested and I found myself in that horrible situation of scanning rather than reading. Perhaps it's a case of more style than content because it seems that much more work has been put into the presentation than went into the plot.