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Margaret Atwood’s — Alias Grace *****

Margaret Atwood’s — Alias Grace *****

Grace leaves Ireland to settle in Canada, but family hardship forces her into employment. When she moves away from her family to work for Thomas Kinnear, her life unravels. She is accused, along with another of Kinnear’s workers, of murdering Kinnear and his mistress.

This novel is based on the notorious nineteenth century murder when many believed Grace was evil and possibly insane, while others thought her innocent. So which is it?

Margaret Atwood is a prolific Canadian writer. For me, her two best novels are Alias Grace and The Handmaid’s Tale.

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Hannah Kent’s — Burial Rites *****

Hannah Kent’s — Burial Rites *****

 

Charged with murder, Agnes is housed with a family on a remote Icelandic farm to await her death sentence. The farmer’s wife is horrified to be forced to share her simple dwelling with a murderer, but over time, she sees another side to Agnes. Continue reading “Hannah Kent’s — Burial Rites *****”