Fates and Traitors, A John Wilkes Booth Novel

Available now: Fates and Traitors, A Novel of John Wilkes Booth

****4/5 stars

If you’re a fan of history being humanized – Fates and Traitors is a fascinating retelling of the John Wilkes Booth’s life surrounding one of US history’s most notorious events.

Recommended readers:

  • Fans of history that
  • If you like mystery-thrillers with some romance
  • If you want a quick-reading mystery

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 5/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall


Fates and Traitors is a fictional accounting of the life (and surrounding people’s lives) of John Wilkes Booth, the infamous assassin of Abraham Lincoln. History books portray him as an evil villain and it’s not so black and white; there’s much more to the story especially from the point of view of four influential women surrounding him.  Enjoy Jennifer Chiaverini’s fictional telling, and immerse yourself in the interesting and potentially true stories of a complicated man.  From Booth’s childhood, his famous actor-alcoholic father, his siblings, mother – and the elite Washington DC girlfriend who knew nothing of his politics. Even when you know the ending, you’ll continue to enjoy the journey and challenges of John Wilkes Booth and the people around him and how they suffered following Lincoln’s assassination and Booth’s death, despite their differing politics.

Available now: Fates and Traitors, A Novel of John Wilkes Booth

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