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 . . .
Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of revenge, betrayal, intrigue — and one killer queen.
My review: The first book I read by Katie Alender was Bad Girls Don’t Die (you can check out that review here) and I hated it so I was a bit apprehensive about how much I would like this one, but I was pleasantly surprised!
Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer was so much better! I think what I liked about this one was that it had more historical aspects which is always interesting to me, and it took place in Paris! Swoon! How can you not like books that are in Paris?
I also felt that the writing was much better in this book. Bad Girls Don’t Die, I think was her first novel and the planning and execution (no pun intended) was more well done in this novel. From the descriptions of the dresses, to the scenery, and the history, it was just much more beautifully written.
At first I was having problems with Colette and how she constantly wanted approval from the “popular” girls from her school, but actually it was a key component for the story. The ending was a bit predictable due to this factor of the book, but it was cute nonetheless. The characters felt real, like this was really happening and that kept pushing me forward to read more and more. Typically, in murder novels I’m not at the edge of my seat but this was so well written I just HAD to know what was going to happen next!
Also, sidenote, I just LOVE the cover! It’s so vibrant and beautiful. I get lost in the model’s eyes. When I asked my mom if she liked the cover she asked if that was fruit punch on her face. Harhar mom.
Check this out if you’re looking for a light read, with a smidge of romance, history, and murder!