Margaret Atwood is one of those authors who immerse you in their characterisations, and so it was a pleasure to re-read Alias Grace.
Grace Marks is a young, possibly mad, woman imprisoned for life for the murder of her employer and his housekeeper/mistress. Her case is a famous one, even years later, and Dr Jordan, a psychiatrist, begins to investigate her case with a view to securing a pardon for her.
An enigma, Grace could be either a cold-blooded murderer or an innocent witness to the crime for which she is serving a life sentence. Is she a credulous half-wit who is literally haunted by the past, or is she calculating, manipulative and dangerous?
Grace doesn’t really reveal her story to Dr Jordan; she hides between the words, but her future in freedom or incarcerated depends on her tale.
One of Margaret Atwood’s best, and well worth the read.
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