Review – The Golden Key

Hey Book Lovers!

Thank you to Titan Books for gifting me a copy of this book to review. This is a Victorian era novel with a touch of fantasy. 

Title: The Golden Key

Author: Marian Womack

Publisher: Titan Books

Pages: 336

Synopsis: 1901. After the death of Queen Victoria, England heaves with the uncanny. Séances are held and the dead are called upon from darker realms.

Helena Walton-Cisneros, known for her ability to find the lost and the displaced, is hired by the elusive Lady Matthews to solve a twenty-year-old mystery: the disappearance of her three stepdaughters who vanished without a trace on the Norfolk Fens.

But the Fens are an age-old land, where folk tales and dark magic still linger. The locals speak of devilmen and catatonic children are found on the Broads. Here, Helena finds what she was sent for, as the Fenland always gives up its secrets, in the end…

My Rating: 3/5

“There are so many ways of getting lost.” 

I found this book okay to read and I was a little disappointed by it but I think I just expected more. I loved the synopsis and it was the reason I wanted to read this book but having read it I believe it could have been better.

The Characters were okay, some more developed than others. I’d say the main character was Helena Walton who is a detective who is looking into the mysterious disappearances of children. Then we also follow Samuel Moncrieff who is also part of the mystery and may be more than he seems. Another character we follow is Eliza who is a scientist. I enjoyed the strong suffragette feminist female characters and I liked Helena. I can’t resist a strong female character. 

The writing was lyrical and it helped show the mystery and magic of the book. I found the writing nice to read. I enjoyed the setting of the Victorian era and the focus on spiritualism and seances etc. I find the Victorian era and spiritualism very interesting and I enjoy books that are set in this era. This book is set shortly after Victoria has died which was an interesting choice. 

I felt there were parts missing and it seems a little all over the place. It jumps from one person to another which made it harder for me to get into and made it hard to follow what was happening. I wanted more of some things and less of others for example I think more explanation of the fantasy elements would have been better.  The ending sort of disappointed me.

Overall I think this book could have better but it also wasn’t bad just a little hard to follow. 

Thanks for Reading!


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