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The Hangman in the Mirror

Sentenced to death by hanging Once again Francoise is left to her own devices to survive Is she cunning enough to convince the prisoner in the cell beside her to become the hangman and marry her which by law is the only thing that could save her lifeBased on an actual story and filled with illuminating historical detail The Hangman in the Mirror transports readers to the harsh landscape of a new land that is filled with even harsher class divisions and injustices Let me just start out by saying that I love the cover and the synopsis sounded interesting I love historical fiction and it s obvious that Cayley did her research However none of the characters were likable and I down right hated Francoise She is manipulative and brash not to mention delusional She wanted to become a lady so once she was a servant she began to act like one That blew my mind In that time period that just did not happen She should know that since she lived in that period She treated those around her horribly and simply used everyone to try and make her way The research aspect was spot on The uality if living for Francoise s family and later her rich employer were both true to life I also like that this book didn t follow an aristocrat like many historical fiction books do This novel told the story of an incredibly impoverished girl trying to make her life better and if she had been the least bit likable I would have respected and rooted for her However by the end of the novel I was wanting her to hang The only thing that saved this book from a D or F rating is the fact that Cayley is a talented writer and it s obvious that she did a lot of research for this project Her language was fitting to the time period and wasn t overly modern It takes me out of the story when someone uses modern collouialisms in a period piece so I m glad Cayley didn t do that Writing style aside I m a big character person so the fact that I couldn t relate to or like Francoise made it impossible for me to enjoy this book I would have much preferred someone who was a nice caring character and had just been dealt a rough hand That would have made for a better story in my opinion Her parents were horrible as well Her mother was an ex prostitute and a drunk and her father was a gambling drunk The rest of the secondary characters didn t even feel like people Just two dimensional stereotypes The only character that was tolerable was Jean and I feel like he s an idiot because he believed Francoise and chose to marry and save her I would have liked to have seen of Jean because he s not even in the book really until halfway through If you re not a big character person or if you like your main characters INCREDIBLY flawed then you ll adore this book It s not lacking with writing style or research The characters just got under my skin which made me not enjoy the novel as much as I could have I would read another piece by Cayley however because she is a fantastic writer Check out my other reviews giveaways author interviews and at

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A strong willed 16 year old girl fights for survival in 18th century North America Francoise Laurent has never had an easy life The only surviving child of a destitute washerwoman and wayward soldier she must rely only on herself to get by When her parents die suddenly from the smallpox ravishing New France Francoise sees it as a chance to escape the life she thought she was trapped inSeizing her newfound opportunity Francoise takes a job as an aide to the wife o Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at lucked out with this one True to form I saw a vaguely interesting cover and filed it away in the recesses of my mental archive as to read without reading the description For once my inattention worked in the author s favor for if I had read the blurb there would have been no reason to read the book Ninety five percent of the content is spelled out for the reader in that simple passage Rather disappointing really In addition to giving away most of the plot the blurb is one of the two places that state the book is based on true events During the reading I noted the uniue story line but upon reading the blurb I realized how little of the plot actually came from the author s imagination Again I found myself disappointed as the aspects I appreciated most came straight out of an obscure history book Fran oise Laurent the central character of The Hangman in the Mirror lacks the charm and charisma of Moll Flanders and Becky Sharp but she is without doubt molded in their image Morally ambiguous she is a difficult personality to warm to and while I admired the direction Cayley took in crafting her identity I was less than enthusiastic about the execution Fran oise is selfish and irritating but she is presented in such a way that I found myself flat out disinterested in her fate All things considered it would be all too easy to dismiss the book entirely but I prefer to give credit where it is due I was displeased by Cayley s leading lady but I found Fran oise s parents intriguing Her father a drinker and gambler of little skill reveals himself as complex than he appears A hard man it comes as a surprise that he in his way actually cares for his sole surviving child Fran oise s mother a laundress is a classic example of what happens to those who lose all hope Depressed by the harsh reality of her existence she spends much of her time recounting the glories of France while attempting to drown herself in bottles of cheap booze The depravity of their situation was well illustrated and the multifaceted nature of these two characters gives me hope for Cayley s future publications Not my cup tea but then not every book is Recommended to fan s of Celia Rees Sovay The White Rose And The Black parents die suddenly from the smallpox ravishing New France Francoise sees it as a chance to escape the life she thought she was trapped inSeizing her newfound opportunity Francoise takes a job as an aide to the wife o Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at lucked out with this one True to form I saw a vaguely interesting cover and filed it away in the recesses of my mental archive as to read without reading the description For once my inattention worked in the author s favor for if I had read the blurb there would have been no reason to read the book Ninety five Birdmen 1 percent of the content is spelled out for the reader in that simple Maggie passage Rather disappointing really In addition to giving away most of the Love By Design plot the blurb is one of the two Secret Classrooms places that state the book is based on true events During the reading I noted the uniue story line but upon reading the blurb I realized how little of the Beautiful Torment Beautiful 1 plot actually came from the author s imagination Again I found myself disappointed as the aspects I appreciated most came straight out of an obscure history book Fran oise Laurent the central character of The Hangman in the Mirror lacks the charm and charisma of Moll Flanders and Becky Sharp but she is without doubt molded in their image Morally ambiguous she is a difficult Endless Chain personality to warm to and while I admired the direction Cayley took in crafting her identity I was less than enthusiastic about the execution Fran oise is selfish and irritating but she is Pretty Tough presented in such a way that I found myself flat out disinterested in her fate All things considered it would be all too easy to dismiss the book entirely but I the-mist prefer to give credit where it is due I was displeased by Cayley s leading lady but I found Fran oise s Venus 13 parents intriguing Her father a drinker and gambler of little skill reveals himself as complex than he appears A hard man it comes as a surprise that he in his way actually cares for his sole surviving child Fran oise s mother a laundress is a classic example of what happens to those who lose all hope Depressed by the harsh reality of her existence she spends much of her time recounting the glories of France while attempting to drown herself in bottles of cheap booze The depravity of their situation was well illustrated and the multifaceted nature of these two characters gives me hope for Cayley s future Boss Man publications Not my cup tea but then not every book is Recommended to fan s of Celia Rees Sovay

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F a wealthy fur trader The poverty ridden world she knew transforms into a strange new world full of privilege and fine things and of never having to beg for food But Francoise's relationships with the other servants in Madame Pommereau's house are tenuous and Madame Pommereau isn't an easy woman to work for When Francoise is caught stealing a pair of her mistress's beautiful gloves she faces a future even worse than she could have imagined thrown in jail she is One thing that I adored about this book was how it brought to life every location where events took place I could not only picture all the details in the surroundings but at times I felt like I could hear the noises of the market the sounds of the streets and the stench in the prisons Thoroughly enjoyed this book as Francoise was such a believable heroine totally worth rooting for The plot had plenty of twists and turns to make it suspenseful and thrilling to read One of the most commendable ualities of this story was Cayley s portrayal of an impoverished family and how they fought for survival on a daily basis not just in practicality but in spirit as well


10 thoughts on “The Hangman in the Mirror

  1. says:

    First off a big thank you to NetGalley and Annick Press for the oppurtunity to indulge me in my reading addiction The Hangman in the Mirror is a wonderful historical fiction I liked how in the end we were given a as true a

  2. says:

    love historical fiction and this sounded like a very interesting story in the genre The author's portrayal of 18th century Montreal was stark and dirty with wonderful descriptions The characters were well written and very believable b

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    Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at lucked out with this one True to form I saw a vaguely interesting cover and filed it awa

  4. says:

    I read this book courtesy of Netgalley I found it an enjoyable and fast paced read nice and atmospheric and all the enjoyable for being based on true facts However it has some flaws tooIt would probably appeal to young adu

  5. says:

    One thing that I adored about this book was how it brought to life every location where events took place I could not only picture all the details in the surroundings but at times I felt like I could hear the noises of the m

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  7. says:

    A great way to introduce young people to Canadian history Great twist at the end

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    Read reviews at Yearning to ReadThe Hangman in the Mirror by Kate CayleyPages 248Release Date July 7th 2011Date Read 2011 November 22nd 30th Rec

  9. says:

    Let me just start out by saying that I love the cover and the synopsis sounded interesting I love historical fiction and it's obvious that Cayley did her research However none of the characters were likable and I down right hated Fran

  10. says:

    The Hangman in the Mirror by Kate Cayley is the story of a 15 year old girl in New France Francoise Laurent who d

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