The Orphanmaster Author:Jean Zimmerman It’s 1663 in the tiny, hardscrabble Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, now present-day southern Manhattan. Orphan children are going missing, and among those looking into the mysterious state of affairs are a quick-witted twenty-two-year-old trader, Blandine von Couvering, herself an orphan, and a dashing British spy named Edward Drummond. — Su... more »spects abound, including the governor’s wealthy nephew, a green-eyed aristocrat with decadent tastes; an Algonquin trapper who may be possessed by a demon that turns people into cannibals; and the colony’s own corrupt and conflicted orphanmaster. Both the search for the killer and Edward and Blandine’s newfound romance are endangered, however, when Blandine is accused of being a witch and Edward is sentenced to hang for espionage. Meanwhile, war looms as the English king plans to wrest control of the colony.« less
An interesting look at life in Manhattan during the mid/late-17th century, plus the addition of a boogeyman of sorts. Macabre due to the nature of the evil, the overarching story is interesting and enjoyable.
Not one I'd recommend widely as the subject matter depicts the brutal killing of small children. So, not one for anyone too sensitive. But anyone looking for a decent horror story mixed with a quasi-historical fiction tale would enjoy this.
A wonderful debut novel. A fully original period piece set in late 17th century New Amsterdam, The Orphanmaster is a well-researched thriller about the disappearance and murder of orphans in the Dutch colony. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.