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The Peacock Room by Anna Sayburn Lane

Genre: Mystery
Source: Random Things Tours
Rating: 4/5
Amazon, Hive

About The Book

A literary obsession.
An angry young man with a gun.
And one woman trying to foil his deadly plan.
When Helen Oddfellow starts work as a lecturer in English literature, she’s hoping for a quiet life. But trouble knows where to find her.
There’s something wrong with her new students. Their unhappiness seems to be linked to their flamboyant former tutor, Professor Petrarch Greenwood, who holds decadent parties in his beautiful Bloomsbury apartment.
When Helen is asked to take over his course on the Romantic poet William Blake, life and art start to show uncomfortable parallels. Disturbing poison pen letters lead down dark paths, until Helen is the only person standing between a lone gunman and a massacre.


My Thoughts

Some books are more difficult to make reviews than others, not because I don’t like them but because it’s quite tricky not to spoil too much information of the plot.
This is a mystery book, with a complex plot with multiple characters involved in the story, the main character Helen Oddfellow, is starting a new job as a lecturer in English literature, but if you are not aware, the University jobs are not as “placid” as you can imagine. She will have to take the teaching class of one of the stars of the University, discovering a turbulent past with his students and secret parties. If you think that’s not enough, don’t worry, you’ll discover some interesting facts about the past of the famous Romantic poet William Blake and someone who is obsessed with him and plans an attack.
Helen will have some friends on her side to solve all these conflicts, but she will have to discover some difficult facts before she gets to the real truth. Her life will be in danger and not everyone will survive the story… but if you want to know more you’ll have to read the book!
I’ll admit that I would have liked to know a little bit more of Helen’s past and a little bit more story of her and Nick’s past, there’s not much! There’s a lot of William Blake story, that I’ll admit I love it, but the plot is too centered on the action instead of exploring the main characters, you know, exploring is amazing, but some home time is good too.
This is the second book of the series “Helen Oddfellow” and I can assure you it will not be the last one! Ready to discover “The Peacock Room”?


About The Author

Anna Sayburn Lane is a novelist, short story writer and storyteller,
inspired by the history and contemporary life of London. Unlawful Things is her first novel.
She has published award-winning short stories in a number of magazines, including Mslexia, Scribble and One Eye Grey.
Her Mslexia award-winning story Conservation was described by judge and Booker-longlisted author Alison MacLeod as “a powerful and profound contemporary piece in which one man’s story stands for an entire nation’s… it’s a punch to the heart, a story that will haunt and touch its readers deeply”.
She has told stories at London club The Story Party and One Eye Grey’s Halloween event, Moon Over the Lido.