Marjorie DeLuca – The Savage Instinct

Category
Fiction
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THE SAVAGE INSTINCT, set in Victorian North-Eastern England during real life serial poisoner, Mary Ann Cotton’s arrest and trail, combines fact with fiction in the provocative story of a young wife desperate to regain her sense of security and sanity in a marriage which might turn out to be the biggest threat to her life.

Northern England, 1872. Fact meets fiction in this story of Clara Blackstone, a childless woman suffering the mental and physical effects of a series of miscarriages. Troubled by clouded memories of her recent stay in an asylum, Clara travels north to make a fresh start and reunite with her husband. Set against the backdrop of real life serial poisoner, Mary Ann Cotton’s arrest and trial, Clara struggles to find her place in a society scandalized by the murderer’s actions. And as details about the case emerge, Clara begins to question her own sanity and her position as a dutiful wife to a husband whose loyalty seems to lie with everyone else except her.

Author:
Marjorie DeLuca

Title:
The Savage Instinct

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