Review | Reader, I Murdered Him by Betsy Cornwell

In this daring tale of female agency and revenge from a New York Times bestselling author, a girl becomes a teenage vigilante who roams Victorian England using her privilege and power to punish her friends’ abusive suitors and keep other young women safe.

Adele grew up in the shadows–first watching from backstage at her mother’s Parisian dance halls, then wandering around the gloomy, haunted rooms of her father’s manor. When she’s finally sent away to boarding school in London, she’s happy to enter the brightly lit world of society girls and their wealthy suitors.

Yet there are shadows there, too. Many of the men that try to charm Adele’s new friends do so with dark intentions. After a violent assault, she turns to a roguish young con woman for help. Together, they become vigilantes meting out justice. But can Adele save herself from the same fate as those she protects?

With a queer romance at its heart, this lush historical thriller offers readers an irresistible mix of vengeance and empowerment.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

First and foremost, as soon as I saw the title I hoped there was at least a small Jane Eyre connection and I was not disappointed. I love the gothic feel of Jane Eyre and am always drawn to things that may be tied to it.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Adele was in fact the main character and while the beginning was slow, I appreciated the look at her younger story and how she got to where she was.

I did really enjoy the darkness to this story and how deep it went. As much as I love the original Jane Eyre, we all know it has it’s problems – and that Rochester is not the prince Jane necessarily made him to be.

This book did have some slow spots that did impact the reading journey, but the overall story made up for those little bumps in the road. I loved the dark, gothic feel of it and the story was very satisfying overall with Adele playing both a hero and villian.

Happy reading!

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