Thursday, April 14, 2011
146 years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln was shot to death by John Wilkes Booth. RIP, Honest Abe. It seems only fitting to blog a book about the assassination, entitled, quite logically, Assassin. I read this a few years ago and still like it. Our main character is teenaged Bella (not to be confused with Twilight Bella) who works as a seamstress in the White House. Her infatuation with the charming and manipulative actor, John Wilkes Booth, gets her drawn into the assassination attempt, though she doesn't at first understand that Booth means murder. When she finally realizes the extent of Booth's plan, she fights to change the outcome. Of course, we all know how that turned out. But knowing the outcome of the tragedy doesn't affect the enjoyment of Bella's story, which is a unique one. We get chapters from Bella's point of view, and then from Booth's point of view. It's a fast read and an interesting take on the events, a good choice for fans of historical fiction.