My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I’ve had this one on my list for a while, and I decided to take a break in my reading of another fairly long historical queer fiction series to try this one, and I was not disappointed!
Following the story of Clem, the bastard son of an Earl, and Rowley, a taxidermist who lodges at the house Clem runs, An Unseen Attraction is a story of mystery, murder, and romance set in the dingy, foggy city of London. When one of Clem’s lodgers is murdered and Rowley’s shop is broken into, the question of what the killer is after turns right back around on Clem in the most unexpected way.
To start with, Clem is a very interesting character. Written in a way that makes it clear he is what we today would call autistic in a time where nobody knew that was a thing, he’s easily one of the most intricately detailed characters I’ve read in a book in quite a while. I really, really like him. I also really enjoy his romance with Rowley. Rowley is such a strange person in his combination of traits and interests, but he weirdly fits perfectly with Clem. Their romance is quite enjoyable to read. The story is very interesting as well, though it has a little less substance than I think it leads the reader to expect. I’m a big fan of mystery and historical fiction so this is generally just my kind of book.
Don’t let the 3* rating throw you off. I’m just really harsh on rating books. A 5* rating from me is really hard to come by (… even though I’ve had like 5 this year, okay, it was just a REALLY GOOD YEAR!!!) and I’ve already got the second one, so it’s definitely good enough for me to read on.