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“Collins’s propulsive spine-tingler uses the conventions of historical fiction but infuses the genre with edgy beauty. . . . In her deft hands, defiant Frannie summons courage and cunning to tell a story of colonialism, racism, and the yearning to connect.” -- O: The Oprah Magazine, “The Best Books by Women of Summer 2019”

“Deep-diving, elegant + tough.” -- Margaret Atwood via @MargaretAtwood

“A blistering historical thriller.” -- Entertainment Weekly

"A well-crafted, searing depiction of race, class and oppression.” -- New York Times

“A startling, compelling historical debut novel. . . should be on top of your vacation reading pile.”   -- Washington Post

“A highly accomplished debut. . . . Large, lavish and gutsy, a skilled and intoxicating mash-up of slave narrative, gothic romance, whodunit and legal thriller. Collins―who lives in London and is of Jamaican descent―pays careful attention to historical detail while at the same time ensuring her reader stays immersed in her emotional drama and invested in her full-bodied characters.” -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Impressive. . . . Retrieving the truth—all sorts of truth—is the transfixing work of this rich and extravagantly well-written novel.” -- Wall Street Journal

“[An] impressive debut. . . . a bold and timely reinvention of the classic gothic novel. . . . reminiscent of the best of Sarah Waters. . . . Collins has created a truly memorable heroine and written a compelling gothic novel for our times.” -- The Guardian 

“There is lots to love in this impressive debut. Sara Collins is interesting on race and power. Frannie is an unforgettable character with a delicious, wicked turn of phrase. . . . Collins is a star in the making.” -- The Times (London)

“Captivating. . . . a beguiling story with strong feminist overtones.” -- Irish Times

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No one knows the worst thing they’re capable of until they do it. . . .

All of London is abuzz with the scandalous case of Frannie Langton, who is 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 held in the Old Bailey.

The testimonies against Frannie are damning. She is a seductress, a witch, a master manipulator, a whore. Frannie claims she cannot recall what happened that fateful evening, or how she came to be covered in the victims’ blood, even if remembering could save her life.

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.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper; 1st Edition (May 21, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062851896
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062851895
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.1 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 1.21 x 9 inches
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Sara worked as a lawyer for seventeen years before obtaining a Master’s degree in Creative Writing with distinction from Cambridge University in 2016. She is the author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton, winner of the 2019 Costa First Novel Award. She tweets @mrsjaneymac. Insta:saracollinsauthor

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