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The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson ****

The Devil in the White City is a murder mystery book about the World’s Fair in Chicago, 1893. A murderer named H.H. Holmes has moved to Chicago to open a hotel, but he doesn’t plan on just using the building as a hotel. The lead architect Daniel Burnham, is placed in charge of the World’s Fair design and landscape. The two storylines are soon combined into one and the madness unleashes.

The reading is a little bit challenging because you have to remember both of the storylines that are going on. At times I did have to re-read because the vocabulary was challenging and I needed to keep the storyline clear. I thought this book was well written and really told the lives of Daniel Burnham and H.H. Holmes. You really got into Holmes’ mind with why he was killing and the ways he does it.

I would recommend this book to people who love murder mystery books. This book is good for you if you want to train your brain to read better. The Devil in the White City is a non-fiction book that was based on the actual events of the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. I would not recommend this book to anyone that does not enjoy non-fiction books involving the history of America.

Megan Hughes is in her third year as publications adviser at Park Hill South High School. She currently advises the View newsmagazine, South Paw yearbook and LitMag.