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This is a historical mystery set in the 1920s. Martha is working with her mom in a large house. The owner seems kind enough but there is something odd about how he has his wife locked away in a room. Is the wife really crazy or is there something wrong with the husband?
This was very entertaining. The book starts off with Martha being an old woman living in a nursing home being interviewed by a young bored journalist. Martha pretends to fall asleep, just to get rid of her.
But that interview sparked something in Martha. For years she lived with a secret of what happened in the old house she worked at when she was a girl. The story really kicks off from there.
I was actually really surprised by this book. Through Martha we learn about the politics of this time, how race and religion played a role in everything. She entered every situation with a suspicious but optimistic look.
I really enjoyed the mystery of this book and how mental illness was treated. There was a different family and living dynamic that we don’t see a lot in middle grade books.
I gave this book a B.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.