Educated by her Jamaican ‘Massa’ so that she could help with his experiments on his slave population, he then ‘gifted’ her to his London scientific-writing partner in crime. Once she became her Mistresses personal maid she saw the disparity between her and the Mister and took her mistresses side in all accounts, only to find this action would hurt her in the near future.
When arrested for the murders of her new owners, Frannie is not sure. She is also now a opiate addict, thanks to her Mistress, and cannot remember what actually happened. The final account of her life she writes as her trial takes place.
Collins did a good job not only on character development but on the way she presented the story. Chapters are interspersed between Frannie’s final letter and her murder trial. It is only in the last pages that Collins brings the story together. With this type of work as a debut, this author will be one to watch.