London, 1826, Frannie Langton stands in a criminal court. She has been accused of killing her master Mr Benham and his wife. But how could she have murdered the one person she ever loved, her mistress, friend and lover Madam Benham ? In her prison cell Frannie writes her confessions. We embark on a frantic journey from the Jamaican plantation where she was born a slave to the high society of Georgian London. Sara Collins’ first novel is a considerable feat. It is both a horror story and a new take on the gothic novel. Remarkably, one of the main aspects of the horror is the slave system and racism of colonial England which is justified in high spheres by the rising natural sciences. In beautiful and meticulous language Sara Collins gives us an unforgettable heroine. Her dreadful fate will haunt you long after you have finished reading her confessions.
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