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‘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?
I don’t get to read gothic historical fiction as much as I’d like to, so I was delighted when I read the synopsis of this book, but what first struck me about The Confessions of Frannie Langton was the absolutely stunning cover, and let me tell you it’s even more beautiful in reality! I couldn’t stop staring at it and then when I started reading, I couldn’t stop doing that either!
I thought that the events from Frannie’s past were really well explored and while there were times where it was uncomfortable and disturbing to read, her story was compellingly told throughout. I felt really drawn into Frannie’s world thanks to the attention to detail and amount of research which Collins has clearly undertaken. I really enjoyed the way that Collins writes, it felt fresh and different to what I usually read and I particularly appreciated the way she wrote her characters. I thought they were all very richly drawn and Frannie’s voice worked really well as a narrator.
Overall I’m giving The Confessions of Frannie Langton 4 out of 5. It’s profound, well-researched and absorbing. A great debut from Sara Collins.
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About the Author
Sara Collins studied law at the London School of Economics and worked as a lawyer for seventeen years. In 2014 she embarked upon the Creative Writing Masters at Cambridge University, where she won the 2015 Michael Holroyd Prize of Re-creative Writing and was shortlisted for the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Prize for a book inspired by her love of gothic fiction. This turned into her first novel, The Confessions of Frannie Langton.
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