This was different from most books I read. I don’t love the 1930s, nightclubs and heavy alcohol drinkers. All of these things and more are found in this novel. It took me a while to get through the 337 pages because it wasn’t inspiring my interest or curiosity but I’m not a quitter. The murder was almost a side note to the whole plot. There seems to be some shady things going on with thugs carrying walking sticks, guns and attitudes. The bad guys always showed up when you least expected them.
But I loved the two main characters, Hamish and Reggie. They were both running away from their upbringing and birth towns. They found each other in Boston and banned together as friends to try and figure out the mysteries surrounding them. Hamish was running from his anxiety and panic disorder and Reggie was running from her society upbringing. Both were wounded souls in their own way and total opposites but drawn to each other in their need to discover the truth about Hamish’s cousin Luca. This wasn’t my “cup of tea” but give it a try anyway and see where you stand among the characters and historical Boston.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Fiction Guild but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.