Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Author: Jane Eaglend
Age group: Young Adult (but adults will love it)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (USA)
Release Date: 09/06/2010 (USA)
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove longs to break free from her respectable life as a Victorian doctor's daughter. But her dreams become a nightmare when Louisa is sent to Wildthorn Hall: labeled a lunatic, deprived of her liberty and even her real name. As she unravels the betrayals that led to her incarceration, she realizes there are many kinds of prison. She must be honest with herself - and others - in order to be set free. And love may be the key...
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Review: This is probably the best book that I ever read.
The plot is amazing and unpredictable, the characters are believable and the writing is fantastic and easy to understand!
It’s amazing how Jane Eagland manages to write historical fiction were some contemporary issues are present.
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The historical marks are very present and they’re responsible for most of the plot twists since most of them are related to some contemporary issues and traditions from the Victorian era(where every scene from the plot happens). But this doesn’t make the book boring, no, it makes it even more interesting since they make the plot impossible of guessing, keeping the reader very interested.
The book is not full of description (as other historical fiction books are) but we can imagine the places where the action takes place and some of the character physical and psychological characteristics due to small “hints” during the narration.
The change between past events and present events allows the reader to get a better perspective in the main character ( Louisa) life and creates suspense and intrigue causing the reader a need of turning page after page.
The characters are very believable as I said before and personally I loved Eliza character. She is so kind and feminine but at the same time competent and strong minded. I really liked Louisa character too. She isn’t afraid of breaking barriers. She isn’t a flat character, she responds differently to different problems that she faces.
I think that most of people will love this book since compiles so many issues, many of them contemporary, and because it fits in so many genres: historical fiction, feminist literature, thriller, suspense, mystery,…