Now, I love Margaret Atwood, she is one of my favourite authors, but I think Alias Grace was always my favourite of her novels.
I love the constant extracts throughout, the poem in the beginning, her beautiful descriptive writing and more than anything, I just love this book.
The story of Grace Marks on trial for murder is based on a true story, but Atwood reconstructs it into a brilliant work of fiction.
‘Sometimes I whisper it over to myself: Murderess. Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt along the floor.’
It’s a slow building story, (as is the case with most of her books) and it really draws you in to connect with the characters. One of the great things about Alias Grace, is that you feel for Grace Marks even though you are unsure as to whether she has committed the murder or not.
It is written both from the perspective of Grace, and a psychologist studying her case. She and a suspected accomplice have been accused of murdering her master and his housekeeper in the 1800’s. Full of mystery, and imagination, you will race through this book. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I have read it, but it is absolutely one of my favourites; sinister, thrilling and above all, bewitching.
Original Book Girl