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The Alienist by Caleb Carr
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Jan 06, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: dark, fiction, mystery, historical
Read in January, 2012

My boss loaned this to me with the warning that it was pretty grim, and it is. I think I had some vaguely disturbing dreams after reading the first couple of chapters (although I have those sometimes anyway, so who's to say it was a direct result of the book?). She also mentioned that it was the kind of book that you sometimes had to go back and reread passages because they were so well written, and I didn't take that away from it at all. In my opinion, it's a decent book and certainly draws you in, but nothing remarkable in terms of plot or style.

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