Did she actually do it?
As the viewers get further and further into Grace’s story, they learn that a single woman at this point in time is either an innocent virgin or a deceptive whore. Both the novel and in the Netflix miniseries accurately portray how women were treated in the 1800’s, and the manners in which they needed to adapt to survive. While Grace at times seems like the innocent victim she claims to be, viewers catch glimpses of her more manipulative side. So is she actually fully innocent? Is she completely guilty? Or is she a little bit of both? Overall, there is no doubt that Grace is a complex character with many secrets. She is either a convincingly timid child, or a toughened inmate. And in a time when men abused their power over women, sometimes a little manipulation was what was needed just to get by. So if you’re in search of crafty women whose actions may or may not be justified by their crimes, there’s luckily no shortage of books for an engrossing topic like that. And after finishing watching Alias Grace, these women – just like Grace Marks – will seem ambiguous, but also absolutely mesmerizing.
(Note: My suggestion would be to watch The Handmaid’s Tale first before watching Alias Grace in order to compare the two shows).
#10: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
#9: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
#8: In the Woods by Tana French
#7: The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison
#6: Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois
#5: The Passenger by Liza Lutz
#4: Moral Defense by Marcia Clark
#3: The Girl Before by Rena Olsen
#2: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
#1: In the Blood by Lisa Unger
So, do you think you know what happens? Only way to find out is the read the books!