Historical Romantic Suspense Book Review: The White City
Book: The White City
Author: Grace Hitchcock
Genre: Christian Historical/Suspense
Release Date: March, 2019
Publisher's Description:"Mysterious Disappearances Taint the Chicago World’s Fair.
Step into True Colors—a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime.
While attending the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, Winnifred Wylde believes she witnessed a woman being kidnapped. She tries to convince her father, an inspector with the Chicago police, to look into reports of mysterious disappearances around the White City. Inspector Wylde tries to dismiss her claims as exaggeration of an overactive imagination, but he eventually concedes to letting her go undercover as secretary to the man in question—if she takes her pistol for protection and Jude Thorpe, a policeman, for bodyguard.
Will she be able to expose H. H. Holmes’s illicit activity, or will Winnifred become his next victim?"
My ReviewThe White City, by Grace Hitchcock, is a captivating novel! This first book in the True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime series offers a thrilling mix of mystery, suspense, action, faith, and romance. Set in and around the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, this fictional novel incorporates historical truths relating to America’s first known serial killer, H.H. Holmes.
From start to finish, this novel is truly entertaining and intriguing. With great pacing, relevant facts and details are thoughtfully unveiled, exposing the truth behind the secretive and disturbing circumstances in which the characters find themselves. The quest to make sense of the unsettling and frightening events makes for a very gripping reading experience.
When presented with alarming circumstances and bizarre secrets, the characters possess a spirit of perseverance and strength that is remarkably inspiring. As they grapple with fear, loss, and danger, the characters manage to find hope and to pursue truth. No matter what secrets are revealed or what facts are discovered, the characters learn to believe in the truth that they have been created with purpose and have been thoughtfully and lovingly designed to lead a life that is meaningful and valuable.
With its integral setting, perceptive characters, and riveting plot, The White City easily held my attention page after page. Ms. Hitchcock is a talented author with a genuine gift for story-telling. The White City is a book I can easily recommend to all readers who enjoy clean, suspenseful, historical fiction. I am eagerly looking forward to reading the next book in this series!
*I was given a copy of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley and Celebrate Lit. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.
About the Author: Grace Hitchcock
Grace Hitchcock is the author of three novellas in The Second Chance Brides, The Southern Belle Brides, and the Thimbles and Threads collections with Barbour Publishing. The White City is her debut novel and releases March 2019 with Barbour Publishing. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in History. Grace lives in southern Louisiana with her husband, Dakota, and son. Visit Grace online at GraceHitchcock.com.
Guest Post from Grace
True Colors—Fiction Based on Strange, But True, American Crime Stories
True, riveting stories of American criminal activity are explored through 6 unique stories of historical romantic suspense in the exciting new True Colors series.
In book one, The White City, Winnifred Wylde believes she witnessed a woman being kidnapped while attending the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. She tries to convince her father, an inspector with the Chicago police, to look into reports of mysterious disappearances around the White City. Inspector Wylde tries to dismiss her claims as exaggeration of an overactive imagination, but he eventually concedes to letting her go undercover as secretary to the man in question—if she takes her pistol for protection and Jude Thorpe, a detective, for bodyguard.
Will she be able to expose H. H. Holmes’s illicit activity, or will Winnifred become his next victim?
The Real Criminal Behind the Story
While Winnifred Wylde is a fictional character, Doctor H. H. Holmes was very real and became infamously known as America’s first serial killer. Click here to learn more about H. H. Holmes.
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