Hammer : A Novel of the Victorian Underworld Hardback
Grace Hammer lives a sweet enough life with her four children in London's dank and dirty East End, dipping the pockets of wealthy strangers foolish enough to venture there.
She keeps a clean house and a tight hold on her magpie nature, restricting her interests to wallets and pocket watches, which are bread and butter - at night she dreams of shiny things.
Unbeknown to Grace, her most audacious crime is about to leap seventeen years and come knocking.
Out in the dark countryside Mr. Blunt rocks in his chair, grinding his teeth, vowing furious retribution.
He has never forgotten his scarlet treasure, or the harlot that stole it from him.
At night he dreams of slitting her lily-white throat...
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 05/03/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780701182236
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Review by tina1969
Whitechapel, 1888. Grace Hammer and her children live comfortably in Bell Lane, their home a little oasis in the squalor of London's East End. They make their living picking the pockets of wealthy strangers foolish enough to venture there. But Grace's history is about to catch up with her. Out in the countryside Mr. Blunt rocks in his chair, vowing furious retribution. He has never forgotten his scarlet treasure, or the coquettish young woman who stole it from him.My Thoughts:I had previously read ‘Cross my Palm’ by Sara Stockbridge and really enjoyed it, enough to give it 5 stars. So when I managed to get a copy of ‘Hammer’ I couldn’t wait to read it. I couldn’t believe that both books were by the same author.‘Hammer’ could have been so much more. Set in Whitechapel in 1888, time of jack the Ripper, whose crimes are lightly touched on, and with the criminal underworld, this book had so much going for it. The book did just not hit the mark. I felt the writing was clunky and didn’t really flow. There could have been a lot more atmosphere in the book to make the reader feel that they were in Whitechapel.I also felt at times that I was getting quite bored with the book and I was just plodding along with it, and towards the end I was skipping pages, and this is my pet hate.I am glad that I read ‘Cross my Palm’ first and would highly recommend it. Had ‘Hammer’ have been my first encounter with Sara Stockbridge then it may well have been my last.