The Case of The Missing Bride is one atmospheric and restless read, historical crime fictions isn't a genre I visit often. the blurb was too mysterious to miss the opportunity to rea this, and I am so pleased I did.
The author gives us unsettlement from the beginning and I can't imagine anything much worse than being on a ship, in hiding with a group of girls unknown to me for a destination in a new land and a fate unknown.
Alyssa is an interesting character and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the journey through her eyes. She is a mixture of warmth, helpfulness, but doesn't suffer from fools gladly.
I felt that I was on a journey alongside the girls and truly felt in the presence of the era, the book was set in.
With heartfelt moments and swishing them well on the journey to their new lives, but there was a malevolent feel to the read, that was eerie and menacing.
Carmen has spent most of her life with ink on her fingers and a dangerously high pile of books and newspapers by her side.
She has worked as a newspaper reporter on two continents and always dreamt of becoming a novelist and screenwriter.
When she found herself crouched under her dining table, typing away on a novel between two earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, she realised she was hooked for life.
The shaken but stirring novel made it to the longlist of the Mslexia competition, and her next book and first mystery, The Case Of The Missing Bride, was a finalist in the Malice Domestic competition in a year without a winner.
Carmen was born in Hamburg, Germany, but had planned on emigrating since she was five years old. She first moved to New Zealand and now lives in York, UK, with her daughter, cat, and sometimes her seafaring husband comes home.