The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins


Now in paperback, the acclaimed debut hailed by Margaret Atwood as “Deep-diving, elegant + tough,” about a servant and former slave accused of murdering her employer and his wife in Georgian London.

No one knows the worst thing they’re capable of until they do it . . .

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All of London is abuzz with the scandalous case of Frannie Langton, who is accused of the brutal double murder of her employers, renowned scientist George Benham and his eccentric French wife, Marguerite. Crowds pack the courtroom, eagerly following every twist, while the newspapers print lurid theories about the killings and the mysterious woman being held in the Old Bailey.

The testimonies against Frannie are damning. She is a seductress, a witch, a master manipulator, a whore. Frannie claims she cannot recall what happened that fateful evening, or how she came to be covered in the victims’ blood, even if remembering could save her life.

But she does have a tale to tell: a story of her childhood on a Jamaican plantation, her apprenticeship under a debauched scientist who stretched all bounds of ethics, and the events that brought her into the Benhams’ London home—and into a passionate and forbidden relationship.

Though her testimony may seal her conviction, the truth will unmask the perpetrators of crimes far beyond murder and indict the whole of English society itself.

The Confessions of Frannie Langton is a brilliant, searing depiction of race, class, and oppression that penetrates the skin and sears the soul, and it is the story of a woman of her own making in a world that would see her unmade.

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins
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