Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Fictional Account of a True Crime
By: Jayne Anne Phillips
Genre: Historical Fiction
4 out of 5
This novel is a fictional account of a true crime in 1931. Taking place in the Chicago area, a man that was known by several pseudonyms seduces widows and then murders them and their families. Because you know it is fictional, you will forget it is based on true murders. However, at the same time, because the characters feel so real you will forget that Phillips invented some of them, their dialogue, and circumstances – it is so realistic, yet a horrendous reenactment of the crime. Phillips does a great job developing the characters and unfolding the events with vivid descriptions. Included in the novel are several actual photographs of the Eicher family, town and other crucial events. This is an excellent choice for book clubs, historical fiction fans and true crime readers.