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Blindspot by Jane Kamensky
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This could have been a classy book of historical fiction but for some reason the authors decided to make it a bawdy romance going so far as to name a horse "muck" so they could make a rhyme with the word "fuck". Much of this book is serious and worth consideration: slavery in the 1760's colonies, the slave trade, the plantations and all the money to be made, the call for freedom from taxation by the British while subjugating the people bought in Africa, the proper behavior for women in the 1760's and their subjugation to men. So we have a fine historical novel, well written and interesting. But then we add in a murder mystery, which while based on a true case, felt very much tacked in, rather than part of a seamless story. And worse, we add in sex and more sex; it isn't even done in a romantic way, it is done in an aren't we naughty, sniggering way. It was also quite long and had an ending that I didn't like.
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Reading Progress

March 18, 2019 – Shelved
March 18, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
April 27, 2019 – Started Reading
May 4, 2019 – Shelved as: american
May 4, 2019 – Shelved as: bereavement
May 4, 2019 – Shelved as: crime
May 4, 2019 – Shelved as: court-rooms-and-trials
May 4, 2019 – Shelved as: fiction-family-drama
May 4, 2019 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
May 4, 2019 – Shelved as: massachusetts
May 4, 2019 – Shelved as: not-for-kids
May 4, 2019 – Shelved as: political
May 4, 2019 – Shelved as: romance
May 4, 2019 – Shelved as: slavery
May 4, 2019 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Deena (new)

Deena Unfortunately, being successful, trained, professional historians doesn't mean they can write fiction...


Chana The shame of it was, they could and did write well so I was disappointed with the book's deficits.


message 3: by Deena (new)

Deena Chana wrote: "The shame of it was, they could and did write well so I was disappointed with the book's deficits."

Academics writing fiction tends to be very either-or, in my experience (either they can, or they really shouldn't!)


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