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This review is from: Savage Girl (Hardcover)
Set in late 1800’s America, Jean Zimmerman's SAVAGE GIRL is a sweeping novel that will take readers from the wild west to the gilded era of Manhattan.
Hugo Delegate is the son of an incredibly wealthy father. He suffers from blackouts that affect his education. After he drops out of Harvard, he joins his parents on a trip to the western United States by railway car. There he encounters a travelling road show where he meets a young woman raised by wolves. The family takes in the young woman, named Bronwyn. They are determined to civilize her until she can be ultimately released into the highest levels of society. Bronwyn not only takes well to her new life, but it soon becomes clear she has her own plans. As Hugo’s fondness for Bronwyn progresses into love, he is mystified by a chain of murders that occur in places recently frequented by Bronwyn. His love is so profound, he seeks to cover her tracks.
The characters in this novel are completely unpredictable and highly faulted. Their actions left me in a state of steady conflict and guessing. No one seems normal. Bronwyn is a character of darkness and light, while Hugo is both steady and weak in many ways. That makes them very real and credible. The plot unfolds steadily, brilliantly, and I was left guessing as to the real truth behind the murders until the end. Of course, plot is wonderfully appealing, engaging me from start to finish. If you like tales with a touch of the unusual, of dark secrets and deep mysteries, and about the extremes of wealth and poverty and intriguing settings, then this book will definitely please.