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I really enjoyed this book. It's not often I come across a main character who's an avid reader. It was fun to read all the references to so many classics and I was a little proud of myself that I understood and recognized all of them. Mattie is such a great character. She's right up there with Francie Nolan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for characters that I wish I could be friends with in real life. I also loved how Donnelly used the colloquialism and idioms of that time, which made it very easy to imagine that I was listening to Mattie speak throughout the entire story, not just when she engaged in dialogue.
I didn't really think that basing the book around the Grace Brown murder case was necessary (that plot device could have been left out completely and I don't believe the book would have suffered any IMO), but I'm not complaining. It was interesting reading those letters and knowing that they were the actual words of Grace Brown.