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Published by RazorBill Canada on January 3rd 2017
Genres: Europe, Fiction, Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult Fiction
Born into an affluent family, Leo outwardly seems like a typical daughter of English privilege in the 1870s: she lives with her wealthy married sister Christabel, and lacks for neither dresses nor trinkets. But Leo has a crippling speech impediment that makes it difficult for her to speak but curiously allows her to mimic other people's voices flawlessly.
Servants and ladies alike call her "Mad Miss Mimic" behind her back... and watch as she unintentionally scares off every potential suitor. Only the impossibly handsome Mr. Thornfax seems interested in Leo...but why? And does he have a connection to the mysterious Black Glove group that has London in its terrifying grasp? Trapped in a city under siege by terror attacks and gripped by opium fever, where doctors (including her brother-in-law) race to patent an injectable formula, Leo must search for truth in increasingly dangerous situations - but to do so, she must first find her voice.
Leo can hardly talk for stuttering and stumbling over her words but when Mad Miss Mimic, an unusual habit, takes over her tongue she can mimic voices of other real men and women alike. It has caused her trouble in the past but it may just be her savior yet. With the shady business of opium, dashing lords, and humble lock picks, Mad Miss Mimic makes for an interesting historical tale.
The pace of the story moves swiftly and smoothly. We get to know Leo quite well and a good understanding of most of the other characters like Tom and the members of Leo’s family and their respective motives. The villain was typical and his moves predictable (should have been dealt with more seriously in the end—but I can let that go). The only other issue I had was with the believability of Leo’s love for a certain someone. It seemed really sudden since at the time of her realization she only had limited contact with him and even fewer comprehensive conversations (though there were cute-ish moments later).
Despite my minor issues, I thought Mad Miss Mimic was fun and quick to read. Everything wrapped up nicely (with some room for a sequel).