January 07, 2022

#BookReview: The Perfect Place to Die by Bryce Moore






Synopsis: Stalking Jack the Ripper meets Devil in the White City. In order to save her sister, Zuretta takes a job at a notorious house of horrors—but she might never escape.

Zuretta never thought she’d encounter a monster—one of the world’s most notorious serial killers. She had resigned herself to a quiet life in Utah. But when her younger sister, Ruby, travels to Chicago during the World’s Fair, and disappears, Zuretta leaves home to find her.

But 1890s Chicago is more dangerous and chaotic than she imagined. She doesn’t know where to start until she learns of her sister’s last place of employment…a mysterious hotel known as The Castle.

Zuretta takes a job there hoping to learn more. And before long she realizes the hotel isn’t what it seems. Women disappear at an alarming rate, she hears crying from the walls, and terrifying whispers follow her at night. In the end, she finds herself up against one of the most infamous mass murderers in American history—and his custom-built death trap.




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Rating: 3 Stars
My Review:  If you love true crime and young adult murder books then check this one out! I was full on board with this one. I do think that this is going to be one of those stories that won't appeal to everyone but if you do check it out its amazing.  











From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—A thrilling historical novel set during the Chicago World's Fair. Zuretta and Ruby are sisters living in Utah with their mother and abusive father. After seeing terrible bruises on Zuretta, Ruby decides they need to leave home for good. Zuretta chooses to stay for her mother, and Ruby goes off on her own. Ruby consistently writes to her sister about her adventures and her new job as a maid, but suddenly letters back stop coming. Zuretta is afraid something terrible happened to Ruby, so she travels to Chicago to find her. With some help from new friends and months of searching, Zuretta gets a job as a maid at a hotel called the Castle, a place she discovers her sister was working before her disappearance. Unbeknownst to Zuretta, she's hot on the trail of one of the world's most infamous serial killers. This story takes time to build, but readers who stick around will not be disappointed. Zuretta is a determined young woman who continues her search regardless of the many male characters who doubt her. While this story is historical, this trait is still important for readers to observe. The vocabulary and dialogue fit with the time period, although younger teens may need help defining some words or phrases. True crime buffs will appreciate the passages at the beginning of each chapter, which are excerpts from serial killer H.H. Holmes' published confession. Race of characters is not mentioned. VERDICT Purchase where true crime and horror fiction circulate well.—Lisa Buffi, Sterling M.S., VA

Review

"An entertaining blend of historical fiction, thriller and an earnest look at how tough it was for women to get ahead in this era. Zuretta cracks it in the end though. Go girl!" ― Ginger Nuts of Horror

"Zuretta's gumption makes the heroine easy to root for, as she faces off with a murderer and also confronts the powerful men who don't see missing working class girls as a problem." ― The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Bryce Moore does a fantastic job at delivering suspense, mystery, and both lovable and horrific characters." ― Tori Danielle, PopHorror

"[An] entertaining thriller...Moore deftly captures the bustle of 1890s Chicago, as well as the near-claustrophobic feel of The Castle." ― Publishers Weekly

"True crime buffs will appreciate the passages at the beginning of each chapter, which are excerpts from serial killer H.H. Holmes' published confession." ― School Library Journal

"[This] novel will appeal to readers excited about an account of gruesome historical events steered by an intrepid young woman. " ― Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of true-crime murder mysteries won't want to miss this one." ― Booklist, STARRED Review









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