I found this book to be disappointing at best. I would probably have enjoyed it as a teenager, but from the point of view of an adult it is childish and simplistic. I didn't engage with any of the characters and found the characterisations crude and stereotypical. The Russian was badly rendered and unnecessary in the first place. I certainly won't be picking up any other books by the author.
The name "Rasputin" stands for many for something very very evil. His bad reputation just sticks. So writing about one of the most intriguing personalities involved in the downfall of the Romanov dynasty is bound to be an attractive subject. Many books have been written about Rasputin and either he goes down as the evil incarnate or the great friend and healer.
Robert Alexander uses fiction to get a better understanding of Rasputin. By this Robert Alexander follows the same pattern of his debut bestseller The Kitchen Boy" where he described the last weeks of the life of the Imperial Russian Family .
Fiction is a great tool to personalise often abstract historical events. "Rasputin's daughter" " is one of those books which bring to the reader a historical event in a manageable way without the restraints of a biography. The author can give his idea of the personality he is writing about. Here from the perspective of Rasputin's eldest daughter Maria the period before his violent death is described. It is an interesting perspective in itself. An adoring daughter discovers the dark side of her father and has to re-evaluate.
Again Robert Alexander uses his historical knowledge and knowledge of the Russian life to the full to paint an interesting picture of this long lost time of great change and uncertainty. It is written with a great flow. It is very entertaining. Above all it is very captivating. Fact and fiction merge in a nice way. But it is essentially fiction and one should not forget this. He tries to get to understand who Rasputin was and the reader can make up his own mind while the author presents his. I enjoyed it reading it. But never forget: it is fiction. This novel is definitely worthwhile a read!