Anne Jaccob is nineteen and the child of well-to-do parents in Georgian London. Sounds rosy and happy, doesn’t it? Not so much. Her much-loved younger brother died whilst not much more than a baby. Her mother, worn out after many failed pregnancies has just been delivered of another girl-child. Father is horrible, he seems to hate everything and everybody. Gloom, doom and depression fill every pore.
Suddenly the world changes. By chance Anne meets the butcher’s boy and is instantly besotted. The path of true love doesn’t run smoothly. Of course it doesn’t, this is a story and a very good story too. Anne’s father has another more suitable match in mind. Anne’s moral compass is steady in the course that it sets for her. That the rest of us might find it a very disturbing course doesn’t seem to bother her.
Janet Ellis will be better known as the Blue Peter presenter who wasn’t Lesley Judd to many of us. THE BUTCHER’S HOOK is her first novel and could not be further away from sticky-back plastic if it tried. Georgian London is lovingly described in all its teaming fetid nastiness. Butchery with its frightened beasts and flashing knives is brought to bloody life. This is an accomplished novel that will have you turning its pages in eager anticipation.
DISCLAIMER: I was sent a copy of THE BUTCHER’S HOOK by NetGalley in return for an update honest review.
THE BUTCHER’S HOOK by Janet Ellis
Published by Two Roads