The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
Posted by Caitie F on November 8, 2012
Summary from goodreads:
Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, saving every dollar and shilling in hopes of winning the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this untested “police force.” And he is less than thrilled that his new beat is the notoriously down-and-out Sixth Ward-at the border of Five Points, the world’s most notorious slum.
One night while returning from his rounds, heartsick and defeated, Timothy runs into a little slip of a girl—a girl not more than ten years old—dashing through the dark in her nightshift . . . covered head to toe in blood.
Timothy knows he should take the girl to the House of Refuge, yet he can’t bring himself to abandon her. Instead, he takes her home, where she spins wild stories, claiming that dozens of bodies are buried in the forest north of 23rd Street. Timothy isn’t sure whether to believe her or not, but, as the truth unfolds, the reluctant copper star finds himself engaged in a battle for justice that nearly costs him his brother, his romantic obsession, and his own life.
This has gotten some amazing reviews, and I have been in the mood for a great historical mystery lately.
I am so glad I picked this book up! It had everything you want in a historical mystery!
Setting: The setting was vivid and stunning. Everything sounded like it was from the 1850s, from the clothing to the language. Faye did an extraordinary job of makign it feel and sound like a time period much different from our own. It made me very grateful to live near NYC now and not then!
Great Characters: Timothy might not see himself as a natural copper star, but it is obvious to the read from the beginning that he is going to be an excellent one. He is smart and thinks quickly. He is very observant. He is kind and cares about the people he lives with and around.
The rest of the people around him are much more complicated than they originally seem, which not only makes them not only great characters, but also makes
A Great Mystery: The mystery of this book is one of the best. It is exciting, but not so exciting that it feels like things happen too quickly. Almost no one is what they seem, and not just to Timothy. There are so many different possibilities for the murderers and motivations that you never quite know what is going on. Yet in the end, it all makes sense and it isn’t a bunch of coincidences.
If you are in the mood for a mystery, this is a great choice! If the summary sounds like something you would like, you probably will really enjoy it.
I have been reading so many fantastic book lately!