Length: 384 Pages
'By turns lush, gritty, wry, gothic and compulsive . . . a dazzling page-turner' Emma Donoghue, author of Room
'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?'
1826, and all of London is in a frenzy. Crowds gather at the gates of the Old Bailey to watch as Frannie Langton, maid to Mr and Mrs Benham, goes on trial for their murder. The testimonies against her are damning - slave, whore, seductress. And they may be the truth. But they are not the whole truth.
For the first time Frannie must tell her story. It begins with a girl learning to read on a plantation in Jamaica, and it ends in a grand house in London, where a beautiful woman waits to be freed.
But through her fevered confessions, one burning question haunts Frannie Langton: could she have murdered the only person she ever loved?
'A book of heart, soul and guts...beautifully written, lushly evocative, and righteously furious. Frannie might be a 19th century character, but she is also a heroine for our times' Elizabeth Day
'An extremely powerful book that resonates long after the final page has been turned' Laura Carlin, the author of The Wicked Cometh
'Sara Collins has picked up the tradition of gothic fiction and made it brand new' Stef Penney, author of The Tenderness of Wolves
'What an extraordinary, exhilarating and fiercely intelligent book. I loved Frannie and she felt so very real and alive to me' Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love
'A glory of a book' Stephanie Butland, author of Letters to my Husband
'A literary page-turner, an engrossing murder mystery, and a deep meditation on freedom, choice, and what it means to have a voice' Rebecca F. John, author of The Haunting of Henry Twist
Length: 384 Pages