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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The White Hand is a work of grim historical fiction penned by author Konn Lavery, written for adults due to its graphic content, violence and sexual imagery. The White Hand of the title refers to an Irish mob in this nineteenth-century horror thriller, with whom our central anti-heroes Alastor Fletcher and Spalding Savidge get involved. In order to provide much-needed income at Rutherford Manor, Fletcher and Savidge turn to the art of body-snatching, taking corpses from wherever they can to sell on to anatomists. But the nature of the work soon unravels their psyches, and interpersonal drama with The White Hand deepens when an unlikely romance unsettles a prominent mob boss. Secrets and lies come to the surface with startling force.
This is a novel that readers can devour in a single sitting and really relish all the gory excitement that it provides. Author Konn Lavery encapsulates the full gamut of human emotion with the stress that Alastor and Spalding find themselves under, from the gory unearthing and unusual acquisitions of fresh meat to the pressures of financial success, freedom and the desire for love and comfort despite the grim world in which they live. I enjoyed the dialogue of the Irish Mafia of Illinois and found the historical detail of the manor and its surrounds coming to life on every page with its dirt still fresh. Overall, The White Hand is a superb work of dramatic fiction with a grisly overtone that will please historical, horror and thriller fans alike.