The Murderer's Maid by Erika Mailman
Publication Date: October 30, 2017
Hardcover; ISBN-13: 978-0997066449
The Murderer's Maid interweaves the stories of two women: one, the servant of infamous Lizzie Borden, and the other a modern-day barista fleeing from an attempt on her life.
Trapped by servitude and afraid for her own safety, Irish maid Bridget finds herself an unwilling witness to the tensions in the volatile Borden household. As Lizzie seethes with resentment, Bridget tries to perform her duties and keep her mouth shut.
Unknowingly connected to the legendary crime of a century ago, Brooke, the illegitimate daughter of an immigrant maid, struggles to conceal her identity and stay a jump ahead of the men who want to kill her. When she unexpectedly falls in love with Anthony, a local attorney, she has to decide whether to stop running and begin her life anew.
With historical detail and taut, modern storytelling, Erika Mailman writes a captivating novel about identity, choices, freedom, and murder. She offers readers a fresh perspective on the notorious crime and explores the trials of immigrants seeking a better life while facing down fear and oppression, today and throughout history. Intelligent and detailed, The Murderer's Maid is a gripping read from beginning to bloody conclusion.
“A complex and riveting parallax view of domestic crimes, decades apart.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Erika Mailman writes a page turner of a thriller that will fascinate as well as terrify.” — Margaret Lane, New York Journal of Books
"Fascinating, mesmerizing, and so darkly atmospheric that you keep looking over your shoulder as you read." ―Diana Gabaldon, internationally-bestselling author of the Outlander series
"The Murderer’s Maid is a fascinating and deeply chilling tale. Erika Mailman weaves a story that is by turns poignant, compelling, and murderously suspenseful." ―Kathleen Kent, author of The Heretic’s Daughter
Copy provided by publisher via Historical Fiction Virtual Book
Tours for an honest review
First, this book was
just what I needed! It was well-written, the research was commendable, the
storyline and character instantly grabbed me! After I finish reviewing books I
usually donate them to my local library, but this copy I’m keeping for future
re-reads. Lizzie Borden and Bridget were the perfect characters to carry the
story line. Both of them are caught up
in a dangerous situation when Lizzie is an accused axe murder. The author interweaves 1892 story with that
of Brooke n 2016. This was a great combination of mystery,
murder and suspense.
I really enjoyed how
flawlessly the author interweaved the two storylines and how she gave voice to the
struggles of Irish immigrants during Lizzie’s time. Definitely a very engrossing read!
About the AuthorErika Mailman is the author of The Witch's Trinity, a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book and Bram Stoker Award finalist, and Woman of Ill Fame, a Pushcart Press Editor's Book Award nominee. She's a Yaddo fellow and lives in Northern California with her family.
For more information, please visit Erika Mailman's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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