Author: Jessica Verday
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary: A romantic, historical retelling of classic Gothic horror featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee, from a New York Times best-selling author. Summoned to her father's home in 1820's Philadelphia, a girl finds herself in the midst of a rash of gruesome murders in which he might be implicated. She is torn romantically between her father's assistants-one kind and proper, one mysterious and brooding-who share a dark secret and may have more to do with the violent events than they're letting on.
Review: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I am a huge fan of Jessica Verday's The Hollow Trilogy and when I saw this new book coming out I was ecstatic. I love historical and gothic reads, plus she threw in some Edgar Allan Poe..... SOLD!! I really enjoyed Of Monsters and Madness, I loved that it was a few stories mashed up and put together and told in a new way. I loved the madness parts, I'm a fan of anything having to do with mental health and healthcare. I also loved that we were left to ponder a few of the shockers that we experienced. What is up with Annabel's scars? Did her parents inflict them? Will Mr. Poe ever be cured? What will happen to Maddy's mom? Will we ever find out the purpose of the murders and experiments? I need the next book now! Thank you Ms. Verday for continuing to impress me with your writing and stories. I would recommend this to fans of Poe, historical gothic stories and retellings.
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