Review: Mrs. Poe

Title: Mrs. Poe
Author: Lynn Cullen
Publisher: Pocket Books
Published: October 1, 2013
Ebook, ARC
ISBN13: 9781476702933
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Summary:
Inspired by literature’s most haunting love triangle, award-winning author Lynn Cullen delivers a pitch-perfect rendering of Edgar Allan Poe, his mistress’s tantalizing confession, and his wife’s frightening obsession . . . in this “intelligent, sexy, and utterly addictive” (M. J. Rose) new masterpiece of historical fiction. 

My thoughts:
Mrs. Poe is an unputdownable book. I was not familiar with Edgar Allen Poe's personal life before I read this book. I was only familiar with his most famous works, such as The Raven. This book takes place at the height of the success of that poem. Poe is not much of a high-society man. He was poor and a little awkward growing up. His fame cast him into the circles of the upper crust. He married his cousin, Virginia, who was a good deal younger than he. She  was rather sickly and very shy.

It was in the upper class where he meets Frances, a fellow poet. Poe is immediately taken with Frances. And their attraction to each other is undeniable. However they are both married to other people. Though Frances is estranged from her husband at the time. Frances spends many hours with the Poes, but their attraction does not go unnoticed by Mrs. Poe. And here's where the drama sets in. Strange things start happening to and around Frances. Several times she's almost been hurt and the only conclusion that she can come up with is that Virginia is trying to kill her. 

This is an interesting book, especially since it's based off of real-life events. Cullen recreates these characters beautifully. Poe is temperamental and moody. Virginia is young and savvy. Frances is vulnerable yet passionate. Together these characters really drive the story. I had no idea Poe was involved in such a scandalous affair. This book sort of reminds me of something Hitchcock might write. The suspense and drama left me wondering what was going to happen next.

Overall, this is a good read. It's very suspenseful and it will leave you wanting more. 

My rating: