Worst Book 2016

I know I said the Awards would start on 19 December, however, this was before I had worked out how many categories there would be. That said, I’m bringing the start date forward to avoid running into the Christmas period because let’s face it, we’re not going to be interested in anything except roast, sprouts and pudding. So without further delay…


This book was not ready to be published. The authors have taken an interesting subject and left it mired in poor grammar, half formed ideas and sentences that read like notes. Madame Lalaurie should be fascinating and instead she is boring. Dull. Dull. Dull. There seems to be little known about the woman or anything really to do with her so the book is all conjecture and hearsay. Far too much of the opening chapters is spent detailing the business of her first two husbands, a hasty timeline of which children came from which marriage and where she died. The book also starts with the climax, popular in this style of writing but in this case, the authors had no where else to go. They used their best asset in the first dozen pages and from there on it was a slow plod to the end.

Mad Madame Lalaurie is worth a read if you’re interested in Creole women, New Orleans, slavery in the south, ghosts etc but don’t get your hopes up that you’re going to come away feeling satisfied or that you’ve learnt something.


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