Sunday 11 September 2016

Book Review: The Locksmith's Daughter by Karen Brooks

Title: The Locksmith's Daughter
Author: Karen Brooks
Publisher: MIRA
Publication Date: 1 October 2016

Pages: 510
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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Mallory Bright is the only daughter of London’s master locksmith. For her there is no lock too elaborate, no secret too well kept. Sir Francis Walsingham, spymaster and protector of Queen Elizabeth – the last of the Tudor monarchs – and her realm, is quick to realise Mallory’s talent and draws her into his world of intrigue, danger and deception. With her by his side, no scheme in England or abroad is safe from discovery; no plot secure.

But Mallory’s loyalty wavers when she witnesses the execution of three Jesuit priests, a punishment that doesn’t fit their crime. When Mallory discovers the identity of a Catholic spy and a conspiracy that threatens the kingdom, she has to make a choice – between her country and her heart.

Mallory, however, carries her own dark secrets and is about to learn those being kept from her – secrets that could destroy those she loves.

Once Sir Francis’s greatest asset, Mallory is fast becoming his worst threat … and everyone knows there’s only one way Sir Francis deals with those.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

The Locksmith's Daughter is a story that gripped me from the very first page. The first-person narrative draws you straight into Mallory's world and feelings, establishing a strong connection with the character that lasts through to the final chapter. The story is engaging and perfectly paced, blending drama and action with romance and introspection. The setting and period are beautifully portrayed and the prose eminently readable. With subtle twists and turns, this is a tale sure to delight historical fiction fans.

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