by Rachel Florence Roberts
Publisher: Berkley NAL
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Goodreads: 1885. Anne Stanbury wakes up in a strange bed, having been kidnapped from her home. As the panic settles in, she realizes she has been committed to a lunatic asylum, deemed insane and therefore unfit to stand trial for an unspeakable crime. But all is not as it seems….
Edgar Stanbury, her husband as well as a grieving father, is torn between helping his confined wife recover her sanity and seeking revenge for his ruined life. But Anne’s future rests wholly in the hands of Dr. George Savage, chief medical officer of Bethlem Royal Hospital.
Kritters Thoughts: Told from a few perspectives, one being Anne Stansbury who wakes up in an insane asylum and is confused lost and upset, her husband who also narrates some chapters has sent her there following the death of their child. Her doctor is the other perspective and provides an interesting side of the story as Anne is going through recovery and he is investigating what all happened to put her in his hospital.
The timing, location and premise of the story were great, but what really made this book for me was the multiple perspectives. I loved that although Anne was an unreliable narrator, we still read from her point of view, but we were able to get other points of view that were maybe a little more reliable. Of courses there are fantastic twists and turns and I was completely satisfied with the ending.
This is one historical fiction not to miss and with the pace being quite brisk - it is a perfect weekend read during this summer. I read the book in two sittings and loved how quickly the story moved.
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley NAL. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.