Review of “These Vicious Masks” by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

Review of “These Vicious Masks” by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas A review by Amanda.

Miss Evelyn Wyndham and her sister, Rose, are from a respectable family, expected to marry well and live as society dictates. Rose would rather continue her nursing and try to achieve her impossible dream of becoming a doctor. Evelyn wants her sister to be happy while avoiding the subject of marriage altogether. Not even her trusted, clever friend Mr.Kent can change her mind. The sisters encounter the mysterious, brooding Sebastian Braddock at a party and everything starts to fall apart. Rose vanishes from home that very night and the evidence suggests that she left unwillingly. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian knows more than he’s admitting. After confronting Mr. Braddock, Evelyn initially dismisses his insane theory that Rose was taken because her skills as a nurse come from a supernatural ability to heal. She enlists Mr. Kent’s help and leaves her home on Rose’s trail, where she only finds more questions and unlikely answers.

Evelyn is headstrong, clever, witty, and sarcastic, all of which made me adore her from the first page. Her repartee with Mr. Kent had me laughing out loud, and her obvious love for Rose added more depth to form a well-rounded heroine. She flouted society’s standards for women of her station, but without the naivete that tends to go along with it. Romance had its place in this story, but it was woven into the story at natural places. The search for Rose and the supernatural elements took priority and kept me on my toes the entire time. The authors did a wonderful job of making me care about Evelyn and Rose above all else. There were plot twists that I saw coming, and several that I didn’t. The ending was a complete surprise and set up a sequel quite nicely! I am looking forward to reading more from these authors and I hope to read more of Evelyn’s adventures soon.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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