I received a copy of The Immortal Prudence Blackwood through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, so thank you NetGalley and BHC Press for my copy.
Prudence Blackwood is an immortal. She has lived for centuries, and seen some of the most horrific crimes in history. Including those infamous killers who were never caught – Jack the Ripper, the Atlanta Ripper, and the Cleveland Torso Murderer, to name a few. But were they really never caught? Did they really just disappear?
It’s now 1947, and there is a serial killer on the loose in Washington, D.C. They have already discarded two headless bodies near the White House and the Jefferson Memorial, and if they’re not caught soon, the body count will continue to rise. Detective Clive O’Reilly is struggling. He has no leads, and he’s getting desperate. Things appear to be looking up when he gets a call from a stranger, who claims to be of help. But when O’Reilly meets the stranger in a pub, all he hears is a wild tale of an immortal woman named Prudence Blackwood, who seeks vengeance for those murdered by histories most notorious killers.
Naturally, the detective is disbelieving of Prudence’s existence, but he is surprised to discover that she is VERY real when she joins the investigation team. Now, O’Reilly is going to have to find a way to work with her, and her unorthodox methods is he wants to catch this killer.
From the very beginning, The Immortal Prudence Blackwood draws you in, and you won’t want to put it down. I finished reading it so quickly because I just couldn’t stop. The storyline is captivating, and gripping, and everything I wanted it to be. I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of real historical events that didn’t stray too far from the true story. For example, the Jack the Ripper murders were included with a lot of historical accuracy.
Stephanie Grey did such a fantastic job of creating the character of Prudence Blackwood. It was refreshing to have a strong and powerful female lead that appeared normal to the outside world, rather than looking like a superhero. The transition between centuries is seamless, believable and extremely well executed. I love when a novel has multiple time periods (as long as it is done well), and in this case it worked brilliantly. Prudence being one of many immortals, I think that if Grey wanted to, she could turn this into an exceptional series, that I would definitely continue to read.
I absolutely loved this book, and would highly recommend it. I can’t wait to see if/how this story continues in the future! I give it a 5/5 rating.