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GILLESPIE AND I
Genre: Mainstream, Historical
A cast of characters that would do Dickens proud adds to the Victorian feel of Harris’ novel of love, betrayal and madness. However, this also means readers must be patient because the events that drive the action aren’t revealed until halfway through the book.
Old maid Harriet Baxter has lived a long life, and now it’s time to tell the world about it. In 1888, the art-loving Harriet struck up an intense friendship with artist Ned Gillespie and his very unusual family in Glasgow. When the Gillespies’ young daughter is kidnapped and later found dead, Harriet and the family will never be the same. As Harriet recounts the tale, fear and anger transform her quiet life in 1933 London, making her question her safety as well as the motives and identities of those around her. (HARPER, Feb., 528 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed By: M.H. Morrison
Published: February 2012