Book Review: Spectacle

Book Title: Spectacle 

Book Author: Jodie Lynn Zdrok

Book Publisher: Tor Forge

Release Date:  February 12, 2019 

Book Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars 

Would I Recommend: Yes


Hello Book Friends!  I hope ya’ll are having a fabulous Monday!  It’s snowing outside right now, and the weather is perfect for reading! (Or writing a blog post like I’m currently doing at the moment! :))

I requested this specific book from Net Galley first of all because it’s a historical fiction (what can I say, I’m obsessed with these things now!).  Secondly, because it takes place in Paris! And it’s a murder mystery! (Be still, my former CSI loving heart!)

Also, the cover – (I currently don’t a have a picture to use, but check it out on goodreads when you have a moment!) reminds me a lot of the Jackaby series – which I absolutely adore, so there’s that too!

I think of this book as a Stalking Jack the Ripper/Jackaby crossover! I loved both, so of course I loved this one as well! 🙂

Immediately, I was drawn into the setting of book. The story was extremely well written, and flowed amazingly.

The protagonist, Nathalie, is a strong willed, independent female character.  I love that she works at a place that’s “technically” a man’s role in this world, and she’s excelling at it.  I love that her best friend is also equally strong willed and independent.

There are some “grizzly” aspects to this story, as the protagonist is a morgue reporter and visits the morgue on a daily basis. (My zombie loving self enjoyed every moment of it), but similar to Stalking Jack the Ripper, it’s also a murder mystery!

There is something of a bit of a romance in this story, but I really enjoyed how it’s very subtle throughout the story, instead of right in your face as a reader.  It’s also very cute!

The supernatural aspect of the book was definitely different than what I expected and I thought that it made the story more intriguing too.  Also, I loved that there were secrets that the protagonist had to uncover. I guess that’s why it’s a mystery, lol.

I really enjoyed the plot twists that happened in this book, they definitely caught me off guard!

This book sets up the story really well for the next one, and I am looking forward to reading what comes next.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I loved the all the characters, the plot was amazing, intriguing, grizzly, cute at times, and mysterious.  It was really well-written and easy to follow.  As a reader, I felt like I was right there with the protagonist, helping her decide her next course of action. The plot twists were unexpected and it made for a great story.  I can’t wait to to find out what the author plans to write about in the next book! 🙂

I received a copy of this e-arc from the publisher through Net Galley! 

Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  Spectacle
And if you want to find out more about this author you can check it out here: Jodie Lynn Zdrok




5 thoughts on “Book Review: Spectacle

  1. I’m so excited to read this. I actually interviewed Jodie for my most recent Saturday spotlight on my blog. We are even giving away a copy of the book!

    I’ve always loved Jack the Ripper and researching the possible suspects. I really need to read Stalking jack the ripper, not sure why I haven’t yet… lack of time i suppose.

    Thank you for a really great review

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