Alias Grace - Book Review

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Alias Grace  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre: Historical Fiction
Author: Margaret Atwood
Published in:  September 1996
Buy at:  Amazon

“If we were all on trial for our thoughts, we would all be hanged.” ― Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood


Usually, I'd write reviews shortly after finishing a book, but I am writing review for Alias Grace after weeks of finishing it. Not because I didn't like it, but I needed time to jot down my thoughts so I can clearly express how I felt about my favourite book by Margaret Atwood.

"Alias Grace" is about one of the most notorious women in Canadian history, Grace Marks, implicated in Kinnear-Montgomery murders in 1843. The book is a work of fiction but is based on a true incident.

The book has a big turnoff for me turned into an engaging experience. The verdict was already revealed in the beginning. How often do we stick to a book when we know the ending? It still managed to grip my attention for 500 pages. It is an art of master storyteller who can make it happen. The author leaves enough clues and links throughout the book to reveal the mystery surrounding the main character. All the other characters helped to establish the narrative and played significant roles in the psyche of the main character.

The original news snippets from then newspapers covering the crime investigation gave me goosebumps. Such extensive research about the crime and then weaving a story using the fictional elements to fill the gaps is commendable. Atwood is one such great storyteller who can write dark fiction phenomenally. As always, Atwood has touched significant issues of gender bias, domination, violence during the Victorian era, which still stands true to this age.

This book is one such phenomenal read which is going to stay with me for a long time. I am so glad that I read this book as a buddy read because it sparks a lot of discussions. I'd recommend it to all who love to read historical fiction and crime fiction.