Title: The Locksmith's Daughter
Author: Karen Brooks
Publication Date: 1 October 2016
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley
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.
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
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.