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A Different Kind Of Angel
23 December 2018
Recommend to fans of historical fiction.
What I love about Mahurin's books is how she takes a real incident and forges a fictional story that enhances the truth. Her books are well-researched and I always feel I've learned something new alongside enjoying the read.
This book was inspired by an undercover operation carried out by a female journalist, Nellie Bly into the terrible conditions in a women's mental asylum on Blackwell Island, New York. But the story is about the women held in the asylum, especially Klara a young Jewish girl who had fled Russia after the Kiev Pogrom. Instead of finding understanding she is the victim of a robbery and sent to the asylum as without knowing English she was unable to defend herself.
The story isn't for the faint-hearted. The inmates, sane and insane suffered barbaric cruelty. However, the women found friendship and hope amongst themselves and from a few kindly nurses.
Satisfying, interesting read.