Reviewed by A. Klink, September 2021
This thriller is a work of nonfiction which transports the reader to the World's Fair in Chicago, 1893. Larson throws the reader between two storylines: architect Daniel Burnham, and serial killer HH Holmes. Burnham is frantically attempting to manage the fair’s construction amidst worker strikes and budget struggles, while Holmes is busy creating a successful facade to lure in new victims. Their two paths could not be more different, but the paths intertwine during the World’s Fair.
Larson creates a thrilling narrative as he details the two plots. Each page is a nail biter as the reader ponders what happens next. This book comes highly recommended!