A near perfect specimen of a rare literary breed '“ a historical mystery told so well it could be mistaken for fact.
Why I love it
This modern classic is a near perfect specimen of a rare literary breed '“ a historical mystery told so well it could be mistaken for fact. With a history book’s exactitude, The Alienist features the unpolished, early years of two of the greatest and most contradictory characters in American History: Teddy Roosevelt and New York City. Police commissioner Teddy, together with an Alienist '“ an earl...
"Very interesting and engaging. You want to keep reading to find out what's next. Having a strong female character also does not hurt."
"I had a hard time getting into this book but once I did I couldn't put it down. I devoured this book. It was so well written. Loved the mystery and eeriness of the story. "
"This was my first foray into historical fiction, where real life personalities were woven into the narrative in such a fun & compelling way. It sparked a love for historical fiction in me that lasts."
"Instead of a 'who-dun-it' it was a 'why-they-dun-it'. I love this book. It was long but kept me entertained the whole way. I fell in love with the characters and was thrown into history in every page."
"Great mix of creative storytelling with hostorically accurate details"
"I am a huge fan of historical fiction and this one truly blew me away. I challenge any thriller-and-suspense lover to read this book and not be enthralled by the end of the first chapter. Fabulous!"
San Diego, CA
"Channels a little Sherlock Holmes and really pulls you into the story in the same way. Cannot wait for the show!"
san diego, CA
"Fabulously written--it's mystery, suspense and a deep human connection all intertwined to form a literary masterpiece."
"Such a wonderful read! Interesting characters and a lot of funny historical information as well."
"Long, but so worth the time! Strong characters and an intriguing mystery."
"I loved this book. It's long, but it never dragged on, nor did the suspense ever drop off. The characters are fantastic, and I enjoyed immersing myself in the grisly underbelly of late 1800's NYC."