The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Source: Publisher via LoveReading UK
Publisher: Viking (Penguin)
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Publication Date: 4th April 2019
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“They say I must be put to death for what happened to Madame, and they want me to confess. But how can I confess what I don’t believe I’ve done?
1826, and all of London is in a frenzy. Crowds gather at the gates of the Old Bailey to watch as Frannie Langton, maid to Mr and Mrs Benham, goes on trial for their murder. The testimonies against her are damning – slave, whore, seductress. And they may be the truth. But they are not the whole truth.
For the first time Frannie must tell her story. It begins with a girl learning to read on a plantation in Jamaica, and it ends in a grand house in London, where a beautiful woman waits to be freed.
But through her fevered confessions, one burning question haunts Frannie Langton: could she have murdered the only person she ever loved?”
My Thoughts & Review
When this book arrived in the post I wasn’t entirely sure what it was about. I thought it was another book about slavery. However, it not your normal Slave story, which was nice change.
I found the book to be a well written historical fiction with a whodunnit factor, that brings London to life in the early 19thcentury. Although slow at times, I found the storyline to be very interesting and quite compelling. I liked how it kept me wanting to discover where the story was going and to find out who the murderer was. Also, there was a small section in the book where I thought the story line lost its way and to be honest I did lose a little interest during this bit.
I liked how the book is written in first person from Frannie’s point of view. I do like first person narratives in these sorts of books as I feel it adds to the atmosphere and it makes you feel like you are right there listening to the character.
There is a vast array of characters which were very complex yet interesting.
All though a slow burner at times, overall a well-researched and interesting debut novel, that enjoyed reading. I look forward to seeing what else Sara Collins has to offer in the future, I will definitely be keeping an eye out. A book I would recommend.
I would like to thank LoveReading UK and the publishers Viking (Penguin) for my ARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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Happy Reading Everyone!!!