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The Confessions of Frannie Langton

By: Sara Collins
Narrated by: Sara Collins,Roy McMillan
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A servant and former slave is accused of murdering her employer and his wife in this astonishing historical thriller that moves from a Jamaican sugar plantation to the fetid streets of Georgian London - a remarkable literary debut with echoes of Alias Grace, The Underground Railroad, and The Paying Guests.

All of London is abuzz with the scandalous case of Frannie Langton, accused of the brutal double murder of her employers, renowned scientist George Benham and his eccentric French wife, Marguerite. Crowds pack the courtroom, eagerly following every twist, while the newspapers print lurid theories about the killings and the mysterious woman being tried at the Old Bailey. 

The testimonies against Frannie are damning. She is a seductress, a witch, a master manipulator, a whore.

But Frannie claims she cannot recall what happened that fateful evening, even if remembering could save her life. She doesn’t know how she came to be covered in the victims’ blood. But she does have a tale to tell: a story of her childhood on a Jamaican plantation, her apprenticeship under a debauched scientist who stretched all bounds of ethics, and the events that brought her into the Benhams’ London home - and into a passionate and forbidden relationship.

Though her testimony may seal her conviction, the truth will unmask the perpetrators of crimes far beyond murder and indict the whole of English society itself.

The Confessions of Frannie Langton is a breathtaking debut: a murder mystery that travels across the Atlantic and through the darkest channels of history. A brilliant, searing depiction of race, class, and oppression that penetrates the skin and sears the soul, it is the story of a woman of her own making in a world that would see her unmade.

©2019 Sara Collins (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Takes you to a place in time

The language used and the vivid scenes are offensive to today's thoughts in culture. This story is fictional but one that is to true of thought of some men. Men about women,women about men and people about race.

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Wasnt sure about this but glad i read it

Very eye opening story about the transition from slave time to “freedom “. As a Jamaican woman , this was very entertaining and enjoyed the end. Made me think about how past events affects the mental of the slave descendants Great read

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I had to return this book after 15 minutes

This would have been such a good book if the author wasn't the narrator. She bore me after 15 minutes. I really wanted to listen but I couldn't.

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Entertaining Book

Despite the narration (I wish the author had chosen not to read her own book), I enjoyed the overall story. It took me a while to "get over" the narration as it was a bit monotone most of the time.

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Awful

This story was not enjoyable at all! The main reason is due to the poor narration. No distinction between characters, male, female, British accents or Jamaican accents. This made it difficult to follow. And it all got more confusing towards the end. The narrator referred to multiple characters as “you.” Very confusing!

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Fantastic read

What a captivating story— love, pseudoscience, slavery, human wickedness, and murder in a complex and fascinating story line

I actually read it twice — and it only got better


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Great historical novel

The truth only unveils little by little throughout to make complete sense. The story is very well researched and full of great themes. Teachers should use this in their classrooms.

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Great story, not so great narration.

This story has it all. I love historical fiction and this was no exception. An interesting look at slavery in Jamaica.WhenFranny is brought to England begin to get to know herOn on an entirely different level. Her relationship with the lady of the house is extremely dangerous. The reader knows that nothing good can come of this relationship.

The narration, however, Detracts from the story. It's unfortunate that so many authors read their own books even when they should not. The narrator's accent proves very confusing and difficult to understand when different characters are being portrayed.

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All Manner of Vice

This story was very dark. It included murder, greed, adultery, drug addiction, incest, and on and on. Overall, it was a well-written narrative and a convincing performance.

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They don't reveal the killer

Uh....crappy ending! Or maybe they did, and I missed it. But no bubble buster here.

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