Individual reviews of each book below. As for the box set itself: three intriguing books, beautiful formatting, and great value!
After hearing J.F. Penn talk about her "dark" fiction on her podcast and in interviews, I thought I should finally give it a try. This definitely deserves a content warning -- Desecration features physical violence, corpse "art," and extreme body modification. Not for the faint of heart. Luckily, I have an iron stomach, so I found the topics both grotesque and fascinating.
As for the book itself, it's well-written and fast-paced, with a strong cast of characters. My only critique is that the writing became repetitive at times, with the narration rehashing past action and/or characters' motivations and feelings. However, this does help keep the details clear and isn't too distracting from the plot.
Recommended for readers who like violent crime, the dark side of medical history, and a dash of the supernatural.
This trilogy really hits its stride in book two. Penn gives her characters more depth, and I especially enjoyed learning more about Blake's past and his visions. The theme of mental illness runs throughout, providing both gripping entertainment and moments of deep introspection. I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to finishing the trilogy!
A satisfying end to the trilogy. This was my favorite of the London Psychic books, because it gave the greatest characterization of the protagonist, Jamie, which I felt had been a little shallow in books prior. Seeing her cope with her grief and establish new relationships was very fulfilling. I also appreciated how Southwark itself acted as a character, through lively descriptions, a rich history, and interesting locations and events. My only critique of the novel is that the villain was revealed early on, and even so, their identity was not much of a surprise. However, the resolution of that plot still felt complete and contained ample action. Overall, a fun and fascinating read.