I’m pleased to be sharing my review today as part of the blog tour organised by Love Book Tours. Thank you to the publisher for a digital proof copy, my thoughts are my own and not influenced by the gift.
The Bonaventure Circus is a refuge for many, but Pippa Ripley was rejected from its inner circle as a baby. When she receives mysterious messages from someone called the “Watchman,” she is determined to find him and the connection to her birth. As Pippa’s search leads her to a man seeking justice for his murdered sister and evidence that a serial killer has been haunting the circus train, she must decide if uncovering her roots is worth putting herself directly in the path of the killer.
The old circus train depot will either be torn down or preserved for historical importance, and its future rests on real estate project manager Chandler Faulk’s shoulders. As she dives deep into the depot’s history, she’s also balancing a newly diagnosed autoimmune disease and the pressures of single motherhood. When she discovers clues to the unsolved murders of the past, Chandler is pulled into a story far darker and more haunting than even an abandoned train depot could portend.
This is an interesting time slip story, set in the USA, full of mystery, murder and ghosts. Pippa in 1928 has been adopted by the circus owners, the Ripley family, but doesn’t feel as if she belongs. Chandler, in the present day, is a single mum, trying to prove to her family that she can carry on working as before despite her current health issues.
The book covers a wide range of topics, from women demanding more independence, to the mistreatment of zoo animals to the impact stress has on someone with an auto-immune disorder. These are all wrapped up in a serial killer murder mystery story spanning a century and linked to the Bonaventure Circus. Pippa and Chandler both have to decide who they can trust, and it may be someone they trust the most who turns out to not be worthy of that trust.
I enjoyed the story (despite struggling with the formatting of the proof copy – to be honest, if I hadn’t enjoyed the story so much the I would probably not have persevered) and look forward to reading more by Jaime Jo Wright in the future.
Jaime Jo Wright is the author of five novels, including Christy Award winner The House on Foster Hill and Carol Award winner The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. She’s also the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas. Jaime lives in Wisconsin with her cat named Foo, her husband Cap’n Hook, and their littles, Peter Pan, and CoCo. To learn more, visit www.jaimewrightbooks.com.