The Vanished Bride — Book Review

  Author:     Bella Ellis
   Genre:    Mystery/Historical Fiction
   Pages:    293
   Format:   hardcover
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Description:
Before they became legendary writers, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, and Anne Brontë were detectors in this charming historical mystery…

Yorkshire, 1845. A young wife and mother has gone missing from her home, leaving behind two small children and a large pool of blood. Just a few miles away, a humble parson’s daughters–the Brontë sisters–learn of the crime. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are horrified and intrigued by the mysterious disappearance.

These three creative, energetic, and resourceful women quickly realize that they have all the skills required to make for excellent “lady detectors.” Not yet published novelists, they have well-honed imaginations and are expert readers. And, as Charlotte remarks, “detecting is reading between the lines–it’s seeing what is not there.”

As they investigate, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne are confronted with a society that believes a woman’s place is in the home, not scouring the countryside looking for clues. But nothing will stop the sisters from discovering what happened to the vanished bride, even as they find their own lives are in great peril…

Review

The Bronte sisters are here to solve the mystery of a vanished woman! But who did it? Clues abound, they try to figure out what is and isn’t relevant, and who killed the woman.

All she felt was absence. All she knew was loss.

It took me forever to get through this book. I don’t know why I was having so many problems reading it. All I can say is I suppose I wasn’t all that interested in it. This is going to be more like a mini book review as I struggle to form thoughts about this book. This review is more of a mini one as I don’t have that much to say in regards to the book.

I think I must have zoned out part way through. I just got so tired and sleepy during the middle I feel like I should have missed a whole lot. And yet, when I read the end I didn’t feel lost or that I had missed anything. To me, that means the problem is that I felt it was too long. Personally, this one comes in at 200 some odd pages, and the fact I was bored for half of them does not bode well for future books in this series. I probably won’t pick up another.

Woe betide any that stood in their way.

It wasn’t all that intriguing of a mystery. A women goes missing and there is blood everywhere! I guessed the ending within the first fifty pages of the book. As I said, I wasn’t all that into this book. And pretty much by the end all I wanted to know was if I was right. I was.

The writing in and of itself wasn’t horrible and neither was the concept. I just didn’t love how it all came together. And it felt like there were a lot of extraneous parts for my liking. The plot was really concise when you were reading about it, but with some of the side tangents, the book was just drawn out too long.

As far as the characters go they’re based on real life people, and as such the author has to do her best to make them come alive. It was also unique they way she placed them in this setting as detectors. And I wish it had worked for me, but it just didn’t.

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