Monday, March 11, 2019

Book Review | THE CONFESSIONS OF FRANNIE LANGTON by Sara Collins

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April 4, 2019
HarperCollins


'They say I must be put to death 
for what happened to Madame, 
and they want me to confess. 
But how can I confess 
what I don't believe I've done?'
Sara Collins presented a very strong narrative. Her approach to scientific racism is intriguing. And her command for intricate language is captivating. Every other paragraph is amazingly quotable.

It's 1826, and Frannie Langton stands in a trial for the murder of her master and his wife. The enigma lies in the fact that Frannie cannot remember if she did murder them or not. As her lawyer prepares for her defense, she was asked to write her story. But Frannie's story did not begin in London, it began in Jamaica, where horror is next to existing.

THE CONFESSIONS OF FRANNIE LANGTON is dark and disconcerting. Frannie wants so much out of life, but she is always tethered against her will. The oddity struck me, though, that for a self-proclaimed learned woman, Frannie was not level-headed. Maybe, that is not actually a sine qua non, especially for someone overwhelmed by both love and detriment.  It felt like her efforts for recognition was justifiable but goalless. These certainly stirred emotions and opinions.

This book is a unique take and exploration of black slavery and homosexuality. 
It's a well-researched book and I like how the unraveling details were spread out. Unfortunately, the narrative dragged itself towards the ending. There are too many layers in the story vying for attention. It was the beautiful language and the mystery behind the crime that mostly kept me reading.  I look forward to Ms. Collins future works.


Book details:

Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton 
Author:  Sara Collins
Publication:  April 4, 2019; HarperCollins
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Rating:  ★★★1/2



*Thank you HarperCollins and Edelweiss for the DRC in exchange for this unbiased review.



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