I re-read the first Lilywhite Boys book right before starting this one, because I could and because it’s that good. This book concludes the short series admirably, though I highly recommend also making sure to read “The Ratcatcher’s Daughter” to get a better feel for the overall conflict.

The first book is from a single point of view, but this book switches between Susan Lazarus and Templeton Lane to good effect. Both are strong, three-dimensional characters who are also flawed and damaged. They don’t need each other to be complete, but their jagged pieces fit together neatly. (Bonus points for bisexual representation!)

Charles also continues to be great at writing intriguing mysteries, and I loved that this book gave us a quick insight into how characters from a previous trilogy are faring. This author’s releases consistently go to the top of my “to be read” pile, and I’ve never been disappointed.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

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