This compelling novel is based on the tragic story of Edith Thompson, a British woman who was the subject of a famous trial in the 1920’s. Through letters between Edie and her young lover Dawson conveys the seduction and passion, which leads to Edie’s destruction.
This novel is based on an actual murder trial in the 1920s in Britain and is constructed using real newspaper reports and imagined letters from Edie to her lover. Although the main characters are not particularly likable - Edie seems vain and cut off from the society of the day - the book stands as an indictment against capital punishment.
Although not a strong sense of style is evident in this retelling of a domestic crime, Edie's voice is so intriguing that you can hardly dismiss it. Based on the true story of the bungling murder of Edith's husband by her lover, the story unwinds in a most shocking way.
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