The Dead Queen’s Club by Hannah Capin
Releases: January 29, 2019
This book was great! I couldn't put it down.
I never win anything, and somehow, I won an ARC of The Dead Queen’s Club from Goodreads! Let me tell you how lucky I was to win this book!
The Dead Queen's Club had me from the moment I saw it was a modern retelling of King Henry and his many wives--well, girlfriends in this case. The queens are brilliant! Cleve's makes you want to root for Henry, even if you know your Tudor history. The mystery had me on the edge of my seat until the very end! It was like John Tucker Must Die, just with a little more death.
Here’s a short synopsis: The story is told from the POV of Annie Marck, or Cleves as she’s nicknamed. Cleves meets the handsome, human-magnet Henry at summer camp. Cleves is his doting best friend throughout all of his many, many girlfriends (even Cleves herself falls under this category). But things in Hampton Court are not as they seem. A tragedy at a prom after party the year before Cleves arrives sends the teens of the town reeling, especially when Henry’s newly ex-girlfriend winds up dead, and everyone assumes she had in fact been trying to kill Henry. Cleves isn’t sure what to believe, but when tragedy befalls Hampton Court during her time there, she starts questioning everything she thought she knew about her dear friend Henry. With the help of Henry’s long list of ex-girlfriends, Cleves uncovers the truth about her best friend, and the deaths that haunt the town.
Let's start off with the voice. It felt like I was literally inside Cleveland's head. I loved her voice and how real and relatable she was. It reminded me of my high school self! If you aren't a fan of witty character's internal monologues, then maybe it isn't for you. But, if you are, then you’ll love her rambling, sarcastic, smart self.
The rest of the “queens” are just as great. The wives of Henry are brought to life in the best way and it’s so easy to connect with them, root for them to seize the day and rewrite history. Capin weaves in historic facts while giving her own twist to their stories, putting the queens where they would find themselves in the 21st century.
The retelling itself is wonderfully done! If you don't know about King Henry and his wives and want to be surprised, don't do any research beforehand. But, if you already know a little about them, it's really interesting to see how the author tied in things about the queen's and their relationship to Henry in a modern setting. The court drama and intrigue is noted by using all the drama of high school and relationships. It’s great how history can repeat itself so simply in the world of teenagers. The author really did her research and the writing and plot shine because of it!
I highly suggest you get your hands on this book when it comes out on January 29, 2019!
10/10 would recommend reading The Dead Queen's Club!