I enjoyed this novel and could not stop reading it until I finished it. The story alternates between Lucy's time working in the Burton home and being in prison waiting to hang. There was a Downton Abbey feel to the Burton home, especially with Cook's character. Known only as Cook, the home's cook yelled at Lucy often as Lucy learned how to be her assistant. Over time they became friends and worked well together. There is some nastiness between Lucy and Mrs. Burton's first maid Rebecca, just as you would see among the Downton Abbey characters. While this is a historical fiction novel, it reads more like a psychological thriller, which is probably my favorite mystery sub-genre.
5 out of 5 stars.