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Published by Lake Union Publishing on April 19, 2022
Genres: Fiction, Historical
Review Copy Provided By: Amy Harmon
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From the bestselling author of Where the Lost Wander and What the Wind Knows comes the evocative story of two people whose paths collide against the backdrop of mystery, murder, and the Great Depression.
Chicago, 1923: Ten-year-old Dani Flanagan returns home to find police swarming the house, her parents dead. Michael Malone, the young patrolman assigned to the case, discovers there’s more to the situation—and to Dani Flanagan herself—than the authorities care to explore. Malone is told to shut his mouth, and Dani is sent away to live with her spinster aunts in Cleveland.
Fifteen years later, Michael Malone is summoned to Cleveland to investigate a series of murders that have everyone stumped, including his friend and famed Prohibition agent Eliot Ness, now Cleveland’s director of safety. There, in a city caught in the grip of a serial killer, Malone’s and Dani’s paths cross once again.
Malone is drawn to Dani and her affinity for the dead and compassion for the destitute. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that she could help him solve his case. As terror descends on the city and Malone and Dani confront the dark secrets that draw them together, it’s a race to find the killer or risk becoming his next victims.
I was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
❝Our burdens give weight to everything we do. They shed light on all that we are. And the moment we lose them … we lose everything.❞
From the blurb: “evocative story of two people whose paths collide against the backdrop of mystery, murder, and the Great Depression.”
Yes, a mystery, from Amy Harmon, about a serial killer!
The Unknown Beloved depicts historical, real-life events which took place in Cleveland, Ohio during the 1930’s. While creative license was used in order to develop captivating characters, it was clear Harmon did much research into the actual events that served as the foundation of this story.
While the brutal murders were the foundation of the story, the beautiful relationship between Dani and Michael serviced as pillars for the story. They both cared about the ‘unknowns’, the ones that people ignore, don’t help, don’t give a second thought to; the victims, the helpless, the powerless. These two fit perfectly together, and I’m not ready to have their story end.
The Unknown Beloved was unlike anything I’ve ever read from Harmon. When I finished reading it, my head was spinning and I sat, shocked that she wrote this story! Now before your feathers get ruffled, know that this isn’t a criticism of her abilities, but admiration for her abilities as a story-teller, and I cannot praise this book enough, it was brilliant!
The Unknown Beloved was a work of historical fiction based on true life events that was magical, poetic, suspenseful, romantic, and absolutely fantastic!