Funny thing about life is that people seldom recognize its beauty or what they have until it's gone In 1842 New York City Isaiah Whitfield a pioneer in photography daguerreotypist and a religious zealot is no different Incapable of recognizing anything but the bad in the world he embarks upon a crusade to perfect society and to bring about the Second Coming If he can scare people away from sin even if he has to kill the sinners to do it Isaiah is certain that he alone can bring about Christ's return That is until Satan makes him an offer he can't refuse In 2012 Rachel and her fiance occupy Isaiah's old apartment Rachel outwardly happy with her life deep down wants something When an undeveloped daguerreotype is found hidden in her studio's wall it sets her life and the fate of New York City on a collision course with disaster Rachel falls hopelessly in love with the man in the old picture but unwittingly frees the now demonic serial killer Isaiah Whitfield from Hell True to form he immediately goes on killing sprees in two different centuries As Rachel finds out loving a time traveling serial killer straight from Hell has its downsides For Isaiah complete blindness to the wonders of this world may have ruined him for ever Can the power and beauty of love change a demonic serial killer? Can Rachel come to her senses before she loses her fiance and possibly her own life in the process? In the summer of 2012 the fates of many in New York City depend upon it


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    This review appeared first on Oh ChrysRecalling reading of a daguerreotypist in Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables I was delighted to read Savio's work The daguerreotypist in the former novel captured me despite his murky mystique and evasiveness so I was hoping for the same in The Daguerreotypist I am not surprised that authors use this profession to portray characters as dark as the rooms their products require Besides the presence of a daguerreotypist I was most excited to read about the alternating times periods 1842 and 2012 of New York City Despite these initial attractions I found The Daguerreotypist to be lacking in vital areas writing and characterization Fortunately the fast progression of the plot and its ever increasing intrigue made me appreciate the novel beyond its flawsReaders are introduced to Isaiah a religious fanatic who feels that by deterring sinners from their vices using inhumane scare tactics he can prepare a society ready to welcome his Lord With the theme of religion pulsing each page and in a hypocritical light The Daguerreotypist proved to be insightful leaving me afraid that such people may have existed or even worse still do Like in every multi perspective book he ended up being the character I was most excited to read about the character that demanded my attention His was the only personality that was well portrayed He was dark and macabre the machinations of the Devil himselfA recently moved couple about to get married Rachel and Brian were quite difficult characters to enjoy reading about Their characterization was not as powerful as the crazed Isaiah however they certainly did propel the plot with their sleuth and curiosity Specifically it was Rachel's unholy obsessive attraction to Isaiah's daguerreotype found in her new apartment that enveloped the plot with a blanket of suspense and fear Though the suspense was not mind aching and the fear was not crippling the events that ensue the discovery of the mysterious daguerreotype opens a Pandora's box fit to destroy any bonds Rachel has and to risk her relationship and the aspirations of her politician father Conversely Brian's character was so underdeveloped that later I deduced that his inclusion was solely to maintain a love triangle The relationship between the future newly weds was not described well and seemed to only have a trickle of pertinence to the progressiveness of the plot With closer examination of their lackluster development I found the Brian Rachel relationship to be annoying For instance Rachel uses Brian's insecurities to control himNow the ground shaking character that certainly raised my interest was Belial He is one of 1842 Isaiah's customers who seems to know about Isaiah's life threatening crusade More than Isaiah would like him to know With such knowledge readers will be curious to learn how he knows of these dark secrets It is also an opportunity for readers to see the unfazed Isaiah evolve into a person of fear a different perspective from his serial killer persona Belial's unveiling of Isaiah's secrets turn the murderous zealot into a desperate man willing to do anything to stay alive I enjoy the scenes with Beliah and Isaiah because not only were they better portrayed but they added a thrill factor to a fast moving plotSavio's organization was impressive I never got confused about which time period took center stage The transitions between the couple and the crazed zealot were smooth overlapping each other in a way that maintained steady interest I also appreciated the historical research that etched the novel especially in its expositions However it would have been wondrous if the plot was encased in descriptive writingSavio does telling than showing This is especially evident when considering that Brian is conveniently a history teacher Considering that this novel heavily relies history I found it unoriginal that Brian was readily available to provide a scholastic infodump at the tip of his tongue when required The most unfortunate area where Savio's writing fell short was in the relationship of Rachel and Isaiah I was not expecting a lot of insight in their impulsive attraction but it would have been great if the romance had a stronger presence The diction of The Daguerreotypist was didactic and simple to understand Every now and again a passage of eloquence appeared only to be marred by coarse dialogue or a vague taunting descriptionThe plot of this book really had me going like really Unfortunately the writing and characterization lacked the flourishes of captivating writing This can be easily dismissed with the racing plot it unfolds depending on the reader's interest levelIn the end the writing could not refrain me from enjoying a book with awesome potential I was engrossed in the plot despite the novel's deficiencies Reminiscent of a Stephen King novel The Daguerreotypist held my attention and ended with a cliffhanger which leaves me waiting for another installment