MARIE ANTIOINETTE, SERIAL KILLER by Katie Alender
Published: September 24 2013
Source/Format: Library / Hardcover
Goodreads Synopsis: Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots.
But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.
Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is suddenly in danger . . .
MARIE ANTOINETTE, SERIAL KILLER has to be one of my favorites from Katie Alender. (Though I did enjoy BAD GIRLS DON’T DIE) It was a fast and mysterious read! It read like a contemporary – fast and short!
The mystery of this book was a very good one. I became emotionally attached to the main character, Colette, and I cared about what was happening. I also really love Marie Antoinette, so it was fun to read a fiction about her! I loved that the facts included were mostly accurate and that Alender was able to craft a story about actual history. The plot woven was a good one, in my opinion. It was heartfelt and certainly seemed plausible.
I loved that this novel was set in Paris! (ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins inspired me to learn some French) The French I had learned really helped with the reading of this book. There is a decent amount of French dialogue and only some of it is translated. Some can be deciphered via context, but not all. Luckily I had that little advantage. I suggest having a French dictionary on hand if you’re really curious.
I always expect to be creeped out with Katie Alender’s books and I am always left disappointed, so I went into this one without that expectation. Because of that, I think I enjoyed it more for the mystery that it was. It didn’t feel like a horror story to me because I wasn’t creeped out, but I really enjoyed the mystery.
I was pleased with the story arc. It grew and ended in places that I’m happy with. I love the growth of each of the characters and I love the resolution of the mystery. It was a very good read. I recommend this to Marie Antoinette fans, mystery lovers, and Paris fanatics.
The romance in this book started and remained subtle. I loved that I could enjoy that little bit of romance while also trying to solve the mystery and get a decent amount of Marie Antoinette in the foreground.
In conclusion, I enjoyed MARIE ANTOINETTE, SERIAL KILLER for it’s fast pace, great mystery, Paris setting, and the ghost of Marie Antoinette. I awarded this book with three stars.
Katie Alender (rhymes with “calendar”!) grew up in South Florida. She is the third of four children (three girls and a boy) and the child of three very loving and encouraging parents.
She attended high school at the Palm Beach County School of the Arts, studying Communication Arts. From there, she went on to the Florida State University Film School, which led her to her current hometown, a tiny hamlet on the West Coast known as “Los Angeles.”
She enjoys writing, reading, sewing (especially quilts), gardening, photography, and hanging out with her husband, her daughter, and her dogs, Scooter and Frodo.
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