Title: The Demons of Whitechapel
Author: Leska Beikircher
Genre: Mystery / Paranormal
Length: Novella (131 pages)
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (March 15th 2015)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts
Blurb: Simon Stark returns to Whitechapel in east London as a Detective Inspector in Homicide. But Simon fears fieldwork and interacting with a team, because he has a few … issues. He is severely OCD and voices in his head keep him pinned down to the Rules by which he must live his life.
In his experience, people dislike him, and the feeling is mutual. Simon expects resentment, especially from Detective Sergeant Ralph Golding, who’s been leading the team since the death of their previous inspector. But to his surprise, the team warms up quickly to him.
Now Simon has to deal with the growing attraction between himself and Ralph while the Rules forbid such unprofessional behavior. And when the demons living under Whitechapel begin to manifest, Simon has to face bigger dangers than just the voices in his head.
Review: The relationship between Ralph and Simon is very slow building. Simon has multiple issues to deal with. Things like OCD and what he calls “The Rules”. These rules state how he lives his life and interacts with the world and the people in it. Plus there are things going on in Whitechapel, things like voices and knocking.
Not everyone hears them, but Simon does. And they tell him things, things about the murder cases Simon and his team get.
Ralph is directly below Simon on the team, but he becomes a steadying influence on Simon. He also has an adoptive daughter who hears the knocking and knows things. He knows how to deal with Simon and accepts his weird quirks. Over time as he gets closer to Simon, he starts to feel more for him. Something that turns into love.
From the murders they solve, to the crazy things that are going on in Whitechapel, this was an intense read. Whitechapel is known for the weirdness and death. Something is there, something that causes people to lose their minds and commit heinous acts. I still not sure what.
I was not excepting the type of story I received when I started reading. This was definitely well written and very intelligently so. Also very British. But it also left me feeling a little unsatisfied. I want to know what the Demons of Whitechapel are. I want to know why they are there. I want to know what they are doing.
I want to know more everything basically. And the ending leaves it wide open for another story. So I really hope there is another one.
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