Gritty and intense... Here Walk the Dead by Brynn Chapman (Review)

Here Walk the Dead
(The Boneseeker Chronicles #2)
By Brynn Chapman
Adult, New Adult, Historical Romantic Suspense, Gothic
Paperback & ebook, 250 Pages
January 14th 2019 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc


Arabella Holmes—yes, daughter of that Holmes—wants to return to her job as a purveyor of abnormal science. She has temporarily been demoted to a botanist, until her love interest, Henry Watson—yes, that Watson—can help her get her less-than-professional outbursts in check.

Henry is tired of his new role as doctor, tired of the lack of adventure, and tired of keeping Bella's escapades out of the papers.

Five girls are missing. Gone from locked rooms in their own houses. Arabella and Henry are called upon to help solve the kidnappings, but all they unearth is more danger.

Bella ventures undercover into a lunatic asylum, where a mute woman assaults her and scrawls the chilling words—Here the dead wake. Plus, a vial of Bella's research poison has gone missing. Bella and Henry must find it, and the missing girls, before charges can be brought against her.


"Dark twists and turns abound in this fast-paced and riveting gothic thriller. I consumed it in one sitting!" ~USA TODAY BESTSELLER, Lea Nolan

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My Review

HERE WALK THE DEAD is a thrilling ride as Bella and Henry try to fit into society's expectations while also trying to figure out why girls keep disappearing and where they go. Recommended to readers who enjoy gritty Gothic mysteries with sizzling romance.

These characters are so intriguing! Getting inside Bella's and Henry's brains as they work through things and navigate their lives is a bit of an experience. Bella deals with some extreme tendencies and has her own fears, but her strengths... they're amazing. I fell in love with Henry in the first book. It was fun seeing him out of his mind with frustration with Bella and trying to work out what to do while also dealing with his own issues. I especially loved them together, both in how their minds worked and in their relationship. They are both frankly brilliant. I adored Bella's dog and the scenes with him. Then there was a slue of other characters who were each unique. The mystery and suspense were constant throughout the story, enough so that I was literally holding on to the very end. The scenes can be a little jarring here and there, but they mostly added to the overall affect. I'm a little worried about what other monstrosities these two will face in the future.

Just a note to readers... there are some disturbing parts in this story at an asylum. I would have preferred less vivid details and gore, but I also got it. Some people did terrible things. The hope is that we don't repeat them.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I enjoyed diving back into this world and Henry's and Bella's characters. It's a crazy journey and there is still more to come. This series reminds me quite a bit of Kerri Maniscalco's Stalking Jack the Ripper series, so if you're a fan of that one, I'd highly recommend this one.

Content: Some innuendo, violence, including some disturbing details regarding mistreatment of women, children, and those with disabilities.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Prism Book Tours, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

Did you read the first book in this series? Do you have any other Holmes & Watson spin-offs that you've enjoyed reading? And you can read an excerpt from the book and enter the tour giveaway here.

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