The Gods of Gotham

Book Review: The Gods of Gotham

As I dove into the pages of Lyndsay Faye’s The Gods of Gotham, I was immediately transported to the gritty and treacherous streets of 1840s New York City. Faye’s vivid and descriptive writing style brought the city to life in such a way that I felt as though I could see, smell, and hear everything around me.

The plot revolves around Timothy Wilde, a former bartender turned newly appointed “copper star” (police officer) whose life is turned upside down when he stumbles upon a horrific crime scene. As he delves deeper into the investigation, Wilde uncovers a web of corruption, greed, and secrets that threatens to tear apart not only his own life but also that of everyone around him.

One aspect that really resonated with me was Faye’s portrayal of the city’s social inequality and political corruption. Through her characters’ struggles and experiences, she exposes the harsh realities faced by those living in poverty and sheds light on the injustices perpetuated by those in positions of power.

However, as much as I was captivated by Faye’s writing style and social commentary, there were moments where I felt that certain plot points were overly predictable or formulaic. Despite this minor critique though, overall The Gods of Gotham is an excellent read that kept me engaged from beginning to end.

In terms of scoring, I would give this book an 8 out of 10. It has all the makings of a compelling historical fiction novel – engaging characters, well-plotted twists and turns – while also providing important insights into society during this time period. Readers who enjoy books set in this era or who have an interest in crime fiction will definitely want to add The Gods of Gotham to their reading lists.

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The Gods of Gotham

publishedDate : 2012-03-15

authors : Lyndsay Faye

publishers : Penguin

pageCount : 480

The Gods of Gotham (Timothy Wilde, #1) – Goodreads

Hope, I’ve discovered, is a sad nuisance. Hope is a horse with a broken leg. ~ The Gods of Gotham , Lyndsay Faye New York City, 1845. Helped by an explosion of combustible saltpeter, a great fire has once again decimated Lower Manhattan, claiming the lives of four fireman and 26 civilians. Across the Atlantic, a terrible potato blight is beginning to take its toll, and shiploads of desperate …

The Gods Of Gotham


The Gods Of Gotham

Author by : Lyndsay Faye
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2013-03-05
Publisher by : G.P. Putnam's Sons

ISBN :

Description : New York City, 1845. Timothy Wilde, a 27-year-old Irish immigrant, joins the newly formed NYPD and investigates an infanticide and the body of a 12-year-old Irish boy whose spleen has been removed....






The Gods Of Gotham


The Gods Of Gotham

Author by : Lyndsay Faye
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2012-03-15
Publisher by : Penguin

ISBN :

Description : One of Publishers Weekly's Top Ten Mystery/Thrillers of the Year One of Kirkus Reviews' Ten Best Crime Novels of the Year One of Gillian Flynn's "Recommendations for the Season" on Today Edgar(R) Award Nominee for Best Novel ALA Reading List Award for Best Mystery 1845: New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two events will change New York City forever…. Timothy Wilde tends bar, saving every dollar in hopes of winning the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams are destroyed by a fire that devastates downtown Manhattan, he is left with little choice but to accept a job in the newly minted New York City Police Department. Returning exhausted from his rounds one night, Tim collides with a girl no more than ten years old… covered in blood. She claims that dozens of bodies are buried in the forest north of Twenty-Third Street. Timothy isn’t sure whether to believe her, but as the image of a brutal killer is slowly revealed and anti-Irish rage infects the city, the reluctant copper star is engaged in a battle that may cost him everything…...






The Gods Of Gotham


The Gods Of Gotham

Author by : Lyndsay Faye
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2012-03-15
Publisher by : Hachette UK

ISBN :

Description : August 1845 in New York; enter the dark, unforgiving city underworld of the legendary Five Points... After a fire decimates a swathe of lower Manhattan, and following years of passionate political dispute, New York City at long last forms an official Police Department. That same summer, the great potato famine hits Ireland. These events will change the city of New York for ever. Timothy Wilde hadn't wanted to be a copper star. On the night of August 21st, on his way home from the Tombs defeated and disgusted, he is plotting his resignation, when a young girl who has escaped from a nearby brothel, crashes into him; she wears only a nightdress and is covered from head to toe in blood. Searching out the truth in the child's wild stories, Timothy soon finds himself on the trail of a brutal killer, seemingly hell bent on fanning the flames of anti-Irish immigrant sentiment and threatening chaos in a city already in the midst of social upheaval. But his fight for justice could cost him the woman he loves, his brother and ultimately his life......






Seven For A Secret


Seven For A Secret

Author by : Lyndsay Faye
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2013-09-17
Publisher by : Penguin

ISBN :

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Author by : Paul Asay
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2012-05-18
Publisher by : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN :

Description : What do God and the Caped Crusader have in common? While Batman is a secular superhero patrolling the fictional streets of Gotham City, the Caped Crusader is one whose story creates multiple opportunities for believers to talk about the redemptive spiritual truths of Christianity. While the book touches on Batman’s many incarnations over the last 70 years in print, on television, and at the local Cineplex for the enjoyment of Batman fans everywhere, it primarily focuses on Christopher Nolan’s two wildly popular and critically acclaimed movies—movies that not only introduced a new generation to a darker Batman, but are also loaded with spiritual meaning and redemptive metaphors....






The Fatal Flame


The Fatal Flame

Author by : Lyndsay Faye
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2016-04-05
Publisher by : G.P. Putnam's Sons

ISBN :

Description : Reluctantly embroiled in a 1840s dispute between a corrupt Tammany Hall leader and an arsonist with an agenda, Copper Star Timothy Wilde finds his investigation challenged by his brother's decision to run for public office....






Edge Of Dark Water


Edge Of Dark Water

Author by : Joe R. Lansdale
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2012-03-27
Publisher by : Mulholland Books

ISBN :

Description : An Edgar Award winner blends Mark Twain's humor and Stephen King's suspense in this darkly compelling novel of three friends determined to take their friend's ashes to Hollywood. May Lynn was once a pretty girl who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star. Now she's dead, her body dredged up from the Sabine River. Sue Ellen, May Lynn's strong-willed teenage friend, sets out to dig up May Lynn's body, burn it to ash, and take those ashes to Hollywood to spread around. If May Lynn can't become a star, then at least her ashes will end up in the land of her dreams. Along with her friends Terry and Jinx and her alcoholic mother, Sue Ellen steals a raft and heads downriver to carry May Lynn's remains to Hollywood. Only problem is, Sue Ellen has some stolen money that her enemies will do anything to get back. And what looks like a prime opportunity to escape from a worthless life will instead lead to disastrous consequences. In the end, Sue Ellen will learn a harsh lesson on just how hard growing up can really be....






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