The Alienist

by Caleb Carr

Quick take

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...

Member thoughts

59% Love
29% Like
6% Dislike
  • Amanda B.

    Tampa, FL

    "Very interesting and engaging. You want to keep reading to find out what's next. Having a strong female character also does not hurt."

  • Mindy D.

    Seattle, WA

    "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. "

  • Sarah v.

    Berkeley, CA

    "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."

  • Courtney M.

    Wauwatosa, WI

    "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."

  • Sarah C.

    Houston, TX

    "Great mix of creative storytelling with hostorically accurate details"

  • Rachel C.

    Tulsa, OK

    "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!"

  • Anna B.

    San Diego, CA

    "Channels a little Sherlock Holmes and really pulls you into the story in the same way. Cannot wait for the show!"

  • nikole e.

    san diego, CA

    "Fabulously written--it's mystery, suspense and a deep human connection all intertwined to form a literary masterpiece."

  • Alissa O.

    Atlanta, GA

    "Such a wonderful read! Interesting characters and a lot of funny historical information as well."

  • Savannah N.

    Athens, GA

    "Long, but so worth the time! Strong characters and an intriguing mystery."

  • Lindsay P.

    Columbus, OH

    "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."