The Crimson Rooms

The Crimson Rooms

Book - 2010
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In the spirit of Sarah Waters and Geraldine Brooks, a dramatic mystery about love, secrets, and discovery in post-World War I London.

Still haunted by the death of her only brother, James, in the Great War, Evelyn Gifford is completely unprepared when a young nurse and her six-year-old son appear on the Giffords' doorstep one night. The child, the nurse claims, is James's, conceived in a battlefield hospital. The grief-stricken Giffords take them both in; but Evelyn, a struggling attorney, must now support her entire family--at a time when work for women lawyers is almost nonexistent.

Suddenly a new case falls in Evelyn's lap: Seemingly hopeless, it's been abandoned by her male coworkers. The accused--a veteran charged with murdering his young wife--is almost certain to die on the gallows.... And yet, Evelyn believes he is truly innocent, just as she suspects there may be more to the story of her "nephew" than meets the eye...

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2010.
ISBN: 9780399156229
Characteristics: 376 p. ; 24 cm.


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Jun 01, 2016

I just finished The Crimson Rooms and will reread now. The characters are separate, distinct and well-drawn, the mystery is challenging and the pain and suffering of the post World War I era in England permeates every aspect of the book.

Feb 11, 2012

book keeps you interested to the very end even so i couldn't understand where it's going. there is little mystery little romance little drama. i'd say i liked it. good read

Dec 07, 2011

This is a novel that expertly illustrates that a war isn't over when a cease-fire is declared. It takes place in London in 1924 and it is shockingly clear that almost the entire population is suffering from the effects of the war.. Evelyn Gifford is a 30ish young woman trying to become a lawyer at a time when women just weren't lawyers. She lives in a London house with her Mother, Grandmother,Aunt, and two elderly maids. The household is crippled with grief over the death of Evelyn's brother James, who died during the war; his hat still sits on a hook in the front hall exactly as he left it on his last leave. Suddenly the house is thrown into turmoil when a young lady shows up at the door, claiming the boy who accompanies her is James' son. The "war-wounded " are also prevalent in Evelyn's professional life. The term "shell-shocked 'is used often. This novel can be grim but it is also interesting and provides a complex mystery.


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