Written By: Ariel Lawhon
Published By: Doubleday Books January 28, 2014
Length: 304 pages
Source: Publisher/She Reads Book Club in exchange for an honest review
Set in 1930 New York Judge Joseph Crater goes missing, this fact is true. What happened to Judge Crater is what makes this book so interesting. With his wife away in Maine and his current mistress, Ritzy, taking up much of his time, Judge Crater appears to have it all. He’s practically bought his way onto the high courts of New York, we learn all the dirty dealings of politics and gangsters of the time.
As the title infers three women play a role in the plot of this novel.
Judge Crater and his disappearance are real. The fiction in this novel is that no one really knows what happened to him, and yet it must have been so much fun to create these scenarios for this book.
His wife is a survivor, but I didn’t really like her all that much. The maid thought she had it all figured out, how to help her hubby get ahead and then she learns the hard way how corrupt politics is. The mistress is the most sympathetic of the characters, Ritzy is a good girl gone bad, and yet I still cheered her on and loved her pure gumption!
This book is fabulous! Both the research and writing is so very well done. I felt completely immersed in the era of this book. I love that it’s a real life unsolved mystery, a hidden gem that Ariel found and created this wonderful piece of fiction with. Highly recommend and you won’t be sorry.
March She Reads Selection:
April is just around the corner, and while I can’t yet share what the next book selection is…I’m reading it now…and wow I can’t wait to share it with you!!! It’s a fabulous new book, and it’s perfect for book lovers……….come back soon for the reveal!