Vivid, Gothic & Impossible to put down!
The book is well-written and an interesting look at the peoples's view of the American Revolution as seen throug one woman's eyes. It is not typical of the other books by Patrick McGrath, but I found it interesting and hard to put down all the same.
Patrick Mcgrath is one of my most favorite authors. He has outdone himself with Martha Peake (and outdoing Patrick Mcgrath is next to impossible.) Martha Peake is a novel that weaves love, death, history, rape, mental illness, alcoholism, bravery, suffering, growth and heartbreak into one story that you will be unable to put down.
This book is full of potentially interesting characters. The story has its twists and turns and there is a nice historical feel to the narrative. That said, I was disappointed in the book. I did not come away feeling any real empathy for the characters. Overall, the book is a good way to pass sometime but it left me feeling a little cheated out of the real possiblities this story offered.