Generations hence, it’s entirely possible that people will revere 2013 as the year of Sarah Pinborough. She’s been absolutely everywhere of late—the first of her modern-day fairytales, Poison, was published just this month, merely a few weeks after North America’s introduction to The Forgotten Gods in A Matter of Blood—and that trend looks to continue for the foreseeable future: Ace Books plan to release the remainder of said supernatural noir trilogy before Christmas. Meanwhile, Poison will promptly be joined by Charm and Beauty too.
And then there’s Mayhem. Mayhem, which I enjoyed more than any of the Sarah Pinborough I’ve had the pleasure of reading previously. It’s a moody whodunit with an horrific twist, set in London during Jack the Ripper’s red reign. But this is essentially atmospheric set dressing: Mayhem revolves around another real life serial killer, namely the Thames Torso Murderer, and the factual figures who set out to apprehend him, or her... or it, as the case may be.