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Now a major Netflix series - Atwood's most captivating, disturbing and satisfying work since The Handmaid's Tale.

'Sometimes I whisper it over to myself: Murderess. Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt along the floor.' (Grace Marks)

Female fiend? Femme fatale? Or weak and unwilling victim? Around the true story of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 1840s, Margaret Atwood has created an extraordinarily potent tale of sexuality, cruelty and mystery.

Sixteen years have passed since teenaged Grace was locked up for the cold-blooded murder of her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his lover, Nancy Montgomery. Saved from the gallows where her alleged accomplice was hanged, Grace claims to have no memory of the events which changed her life forever.

Dr Simon Jordan is an expert in the field of amnesia. His objective is to unlock the dormant part of Grace's mind and discover the truth behind one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of all time. Was Grace an unwitting accessory or a cold-blooded killer?

©1996 O.W. Toad Ltd (P)2017 Audible Inc.

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Endearing characters and a story line based on historical facts. Most enjoyable and great narration.

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  • K. J. Noyes
  • 12-31-17

True-life case explored from multiple perspectives

Would you consider the audio edition of Alias Grace to be better than the print version?

I have read Atwood before on paper, and usually with detailed and complex stories, paper works best for me. But with only a few lead characters and a fairly straightforward story, audiobook works well for this particular listener.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the psychological aspects of Grace's character, everyone was trying to determine her guilt, her state of mind - and it all came together at the end nicely.

Which character – as performed by Sarah Gadon – was your favourite?

Grace - well-acted and voiced.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not at 16 hours in length! I was happy to listen in chunks as I knew it was the sort of story that would unfold slowly with lots of backstory to cover.

Any additional comments?

Reminiscent for me of Emma Donoghue's historical work, this caught my attention after Atwood's recent TV adaptations. I've been a fan of hers for years, loving The Handmaid's Tale, Oryx and Crake and The Blind Assassin, so it felt strange but refreshing to try a 'true story' by the dystopic writer.

A convicted murderer, Grace Marks, is visited by a new doctor, keen to dig deeper into the psyche of the young woman who in 1843 was involved with a double killing. Is she guilty? Was she a willing participant? Mentally unwell? She insists she cannot remember the events of the murders...

Over time, Dr Jordan meets with Grace and she tells him her story, about her life. It's a rather fascinating look at a time of class distinction and builds nicely from childhood to the day of the killings.

You're never quite sure what to think of Grace - innocent or conniving murderess? The doctor has his own life and story away from his patient, though I wasn't too interested in this.

The voices are all provided by one female, and I forgot all about this, even though the narrator voices Dr Jordan as well as Grace - he did a great job of bringing them both to life. Grace is a meeker prospect, a lower class young girl who speaks at length to her doctor. It was an easy listen, it kept my attention and the style of the book worked well as an audiobook.

I was glad that we got a proper conclusion, even if, as the author herself speaks in an afterword, it is gathered from evidence. Quite a fascinating story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful