On Sale: December 27, 2016
Featuring: Isabelle Larkin; Gregory Gallagher
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Oak Park, Illinois, 1875. Isabelle Larkin’s future—like that
of every young woman—hinges upon her choice of husband. She
delights her mother by becoming engaged to Gregory
Gallagher, who is charismatic, politically ambitious, and
publicly devoted. But Isabelle’s visions of a happy,
profitable match come to a halt when she witnesses her
fiancé commit a horrific crime—and no one believes her.
Gregory denies all, and Isabelle’s mother insists she marry
as planned rather than drag them into scandal. Fearing for
her life, Isabelle can think of only one escape: she feigns
a mental breakdown that renders her mute, and is brought to
Bellevue sanitarium. There she finds a friend in fellow
patient Mary Todd Lincoln, committed after her husband’s
In this unlikely refuge, the women become allies, even as
Isabelle maintains a veneer of madness for her own
protection. But sooner or later, she must reclaim her voice.
And if she uses it to expose the truth, Isabelle risks far
more than she could ever imagine.
Weaving together a thread of finely tuned suspense with a
fascinating setting and real-life figures, Sarah Barthel's
debut is historical fiction at its most evocative and
Fresh Fiction Box Not To Miss, Selection, January 2017
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