Reader, I Murdered Him (Hardcover)

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In this daring tale of female agency and revenge from a New York Times bestselling author, a girl becomes a teenage vigilante who roams Victorian England using her privilege and power to punish her friends’ abusive suitors and keep other young women safe.

Adele grew up in the shadows—first watching from backstage at her mother’s Parisian dance halls, then wandering around the gloomy, haunted rooms of her father’s manor. When she’s finally sent away to boarding school in London, she’s happy to enter the brightly lit world of society girls and their wealthy suitors. 

Yet there are shadows there, too. Many of the men that try to charm Adele’s new friends do so with dark intentions. After a violent assault, she turns to a roguish young con woman for help. Together, they become vigilantes meting out justice. But can Adele save herself from the same fate as those she protects?

With a queer romance at its heart, this lush historical thriller offers readers an irresistible mix of vengeance and empowerment.

About the Author

Betsy Cornwell is the New York Times best-selling author of The Circus Rose, The Forest Queen, Mechanica, Venturess, and Tides. She graduated from Smith College and was a columnist and editor at Teen Ink before receiving an MFA in creative writing from Notre Dame, where she also taught fiction. She now lives in Ireland with her son.
Instagram: @BetsyCornwell

Praise For…

(The Circus Rose) "This creative exploration of chosen family, self-knowledge, love, and the tension between opposites is both timely and timeless. Dazzling." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

(The Circus Rose) "A delicately lovely reimagining of the fairy tale 'Snow White and Rose Red'....a rich range of queerness." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9780358306641
ISBN-10: 0358306647
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: November 15th, 2022
Pages: 304
Language: English