Crippen by John Boyne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Blurb from Goodreads
July 1910: A gruesome discovery has been made at 39 Hilldrop Crescent, Camden.
Chief Inspector Walter Dew of Scotland Yard did not expect the house to be empty. Nor did he expect to find a body in the cellar. Buried under the flagstones are the remains of Cora Crippen, former music-hall singer and wife of Dr. Hawley Crippen. No one would have thought the quiet, unassuming Dr. Crippen capable of murder, yet the doctor and his mistress have disappeared from London, and now a full-scale hunt for them has begun.
Across the Channel in Antwerp, the S.S. Montrose has just set off on its two-week voyage to North America. Slipping in among the first-class passengers is a Mr. John Robinson, accompanied by his teenage son, Edmund. The pair may be hoping for a quiet, private voyage, but in the close confines of a luxury ocean liner, anonymity is rare. And with others aboard looking for romance, or violence, or escape from their past in Europe, it will take more than just luck for the Robinsons to survive the voyage unnoticed.
An accomplished, intricately plotted novel, Crippen brilliantly reimagines the amazing escape attempt of one of history's most notorious killers and marks the outstanding American debut of one of Ireland's best young novelists
This is my 4th book from the Transworld Book Group.
The story does a bit of jumping. From present day and the escapees, to the past when Dr Crippen was just growing up and then back and forward to meeting his wife and his live with her and the people in their lives and his career, however it is really easy to follow.
We get a background with his upbringing and his parents, his struggle to get to be a doctor and all the hardships he has to endure. I felt torn between dislike and sorrow for Dr Crippen as he can't seem to catch a break but he isn't a very likeable person.
Despite the story being quite low on action (a lot of it is showing what his life is like, how it is like that and all the people he comes across in his life and the realtionships) it is a fantastic read and I couldn't put it down.
As the end gets closer and you think you have everything figured out there is a few big twists in it. It was a pretty good read and as I loved the boy in striped pyjamas I have tracked down more of this author as I really like the style of writing and enjoyed both stories so it's a 4/5 for me.
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