The Golden Key

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Helena Walton-Cisneros claims she’s a medium in post-Victorian England, but she’s actually a detective. Her current job is tracking down three girls who went missing in the fens years ago. Her job will lead her to a mysterious fungus, as well as a man named Samuel Moncrieff who can’t remember pieces of his life.

The Golden Key takes a while to get into, and it’s unclear whether it’s entirely worth the time. It doesn’t matter who the characters are— they could be anybody— because the focus of the book is not on character development, but on the resolution of the mystery. I really wanted to know more about Helena, who passes herself off as a medium because men wouldn’t take a female detective seriously in England at the time, but the focus is more on the subjects of Helena’s pursuit, who were also unmemorable. The supernatural elements in The Golden Key were actually red herrings to something more real and sinister. As a reader, I expected more than I got from this story.


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Author Marian Womack
Star Count 3/5
Format Trade
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Titan Books
Publish Date 2020-02-18
ISBN 9781789093254
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Issue February 2020
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy
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