Today I am thrilled to be taking part in a Blog Tour of The Dolocher by Caroline Barry. I was sent a copy for review via the publishers Black and White Publishing. And just look at the gorgeous packaging that it came in-
Super detailed and so so cool! I was in awe of it and very tempted to not open it. Luckily I opened it carefully and kept the paper for my wall.
This is the first adult book by Caroline Barry as she usually writes YA books. I don’t think this is going to be her last and I certainly hope it’s not.
Usually a big grabber of the YA book, I chanced it with this book based on the cover alone-
This cover and the tagline just screamed ”read me” and so I obliged instantly.
Beginning in Black Dog Prison, Dublin in 1756 when a man, Olocher, is sitting in a prison cell as two officers discuss with joy Olocher’s fate when suddenly Olocher takes matters into his own hands and kills himself on the Eve of his execution. Thus robbing the mob of their rightful revenge.
When suddenly, his signature crimes are being committed many fear his spirit has come back to haunt them and plague their city once more.
Half-man, half-pig. The Dolocher is born.
Which is perfect for my favourite character; Soloman Fish. A writer whose paper is fuelling the city’s fear and raking in the sales, this seems like a perfect time for him right? Maybe he is this mysterious Dolocher? Wrrrrrong. As he begins killing, Soloman finds himself set upon thus unearthing more to the Georgian Jack the Ripper than ever thought possible.
Cue Merriment O’Grady and her apothecary shop. She prescribes cures to the young and old who dare to walk the dreary streets of Hell (literally the name of the district they reside in). She is grounded, amazing and has recently returned from sea with a liking of wearing trousers and carrying a pistol called “The Answerer”. One day she finds a young girl, around 8 or so years old in her rubbish, looking for scraps and with a shock twist to herself, she goes down to a man called Hoppy John (reminded me a lot of Fagin) and offers some money to him in order to take the girl, who we learn is Janey Mack, off his hands.
As the fear of the Dolocher continues, Merriment finds her spare room taken by Soloman Fish and they soon go after the Dolocher.
With more reports claiming the Dolocher is none other than our convict Olocher. Can anyone unearth the truth and find out if this half-man half-pig is real?
Maybe they can…
You’ll just have to buy it to find out:
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All I’ll say is this book had me hooked from page 1 and I loved every heart stopping second of it.
Thanks once again to the lovely people over at Black and White Publishing for the chance to review The Dolocher.
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