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This review is from: Sugar Island (Hardcover)
An absorbing and harrowing fictionalisation of a brutal time in human history, this story details not only the plight of black slaves but also the powerlessness and struggle of women at that time, of all colours.
A claustrophobic and ominous mood is established early on in the story which compels the reader on through the unfolding tragedy. The vivid descriptions of dense vegetation and oppressive heat on the island accompanies Emily's realisation that she is both trapped in her marriage and on the island, but her personal tragedy is always set against the suffering of the abused slave population.
The detail from the author's research lends a verisimilitude to the story and juxtaposes the beauty of the southern states with the horrors of the slave trade. The increasing sense of doom, underlined by the impending war, drives the plot towards the story's dramatic climax, and makes this book a real page-turner.
An emotionally-absorbing story with well constructed characters and an exciting plot. A highly-recommended read.