Friday, July 23, 2021

e-ARC REVIEW: The Perfect Place to Die by Bryce Moore - 3.5 stars

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 9:00 AM 0 comments

Title: The Perfect Place to Die
Genre: Young Adult Historical Thriller
Author: Bryce Moore
Seventeen-year-old Zuretta had resigned herself to a quiet life in Utah. But when her younger sister, Ruby, travels to Chicago during the World’s Fair, and disappears, Zuretta leaves home to find her. She has a little bit of money, a faith in the famous Pinkerton detectives, and a burning hope she’ll find her sister soon.

But Chicago is more dangerous and chaotic than she imagined. Even with the help of a dashing stranger and a friendly hotel maid, Zuretta doesn’t know where to start. Until she learns of her sister’s last place of employment…a mysterious hotel known as The Castle.

Zuretta takes a job there hoping to learn more about her sister’s final days. And before long she realizes the hotel isn’t what it seems. Women disappear at an alarming rate, she hears crying from the walls, and terrifying whispers follow her at night. In the end, she finds herself up against one of the most infamous mass murderers in American history—and his custom-built death trap.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication: August 3rd, 2021
Cover Rating: 4/5
Reading Format: Provided e-ARC

The Perfect Place to Die by Bryce Moore is the story of Zuretta and her search/investigation into the disappearance of her sister, Ruby, after Ruby fan from their father and moved to Chicago. This is a beautiful story about the love of a sister, the pain of loss, and the fear of a killer.

I LOVE anything and everything about serial killers, especially Jack the Ripper and H. H. Holmes, so when I say that one of my favorite publishers was putting out a book about H. H. Holmes I knew I had to jump on that. 

Zuretta is a pretty headstrong female character, especially for her time. She actually reminded me a lot of myself, the whole won't-leave-her-abusive-father-to-save-herself-but-will-leave-when-her-sister-stops-sending-letters-to-find-her thing is definitely something I could have seen myself doing. Etta did NOT have a strong sense of self-preservation and when she set her mind to something she was going to see it to the end even if that meant HER end.

Having a lot of previous knowledge about H. H. Holmes and the murders, I expected a lot of things and found myself yelling at Etta throughout the book. Also, having seen pictures of the man, I could not picture him as handsome like he was portrayed in the story. Aside from these things, it was an enjoyable enough read. I think a lot of the plotline was pretty much men not listening to women, thinking us inferiors and prone to hysterics and those things lead to a lot of lost lives.

In the end, sadly, this book just didn't fully hit the mark for me. I enjoyed it for the most part but the fact that it was pretty slow and the ending was kind of lackluster just made the overall experience of the story not what I was hoping for. I was REALLY hoping Etta would have told the Pinkertons where to shove it and she and Phebe would go off and start their own company.

Overall, I gave the book 3.5/5 stars.

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