A dozen women join a secret 1850s Arctic expedition―and a sensational murder trial unfolds when some of them don’t come back.
Eccentric Lady Jane Franklin makes an outlandish offer to adventurer Virginia Reeve: take a dozen women, trek into the Arctic, and find her husband’s lost expedition. Four parties have failed to find him, and Lady Franklin wants a radical new approach: put the women in charge.
A year later, Virginia stands trial for murder. Survivors of the expedition willing to publicly support her sit in the front row. There are only five. What happened out there on the ice?
Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister was one of my favorite reads of the year.
Here are all of the reasons you should read it:
It will educate and confound you. Arctic exploration is not for the faint of heart. And it was certainly not for the faint of heart in an age unequipped with our modern technologies. Greer’s meticulously researched plot shows us the motivations of an explorer’s heart, the need to escape the restrictions society places upon us because of our gender, and why we seek to redefine our identities.
The cast is absolutely unforgettable. The troupe of women who embark on the journey are invested in the mission for many different reasons. They learn to appreciate one another’s uniques competencies and work together to ensure survival in their frigid environment.
The heroine, Virginia, is a study in contrasts. She is both deeply empathic and deeply flawed – and running from a horrible past she cannot escape.
The murder mystery at the core of the book unfolds mercilessly. It explores the gap between the resources of the wealthy and the poor, and demonstrates how the justice system can act as an engine of vengeance and oppression.
The ending was completely unexpected – and yet the perfect ending to this extraordinary read.