Book Review: The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton by Elizabeth Speller
The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton by Elizabeth Speller
This historical novel set after the First World War perfectly captures a sad period of history where the loss of life affected everyone, but this is also something of a whodunit. A former army officer, Laurence Bartram, haunted by his own losses, spends time in the small village of Easton Deadall, staying with a family and some friends, and he becomes intrigued by an old mystery. In 1911 five-year-old Kitty Easton disappeared from her bed and was never seen again. Incredibly, her mother still clings to the belief that she is still alive. But when Laurence starts asking questions about the incident, he discovers her disappearance is part of a much darker story.
This is a novel that will probably end up being a classic in the future. The writing is superb, the characters finely drawn, and while more of a literary read, there is enough tension to drive the story forward. This is a very absorbing historical mystery. I can’t wait for Elizabeth Speller’s next novel, she is a very fine writer.