"Death of a Mill Girl" by Clyde Linsley held my attention from the very beginning. I found the author's "historical inclusions" to be very interesting. His ability to build the "suspense" factor in his story was also very well-done. According to the publicity material for this book two million American children suffered harsh working conditions during the Industrial Revolution but fixing the problem didn't happen until the early twentieth century.
The publicity material also stated that the author Clyde Linsley wants to expose readers to the period of industrialization and all it had to hold as he examines past racial tensions and poor industry conditions to show how such history affects our views today.
Being a "native" New Englander and having spent many of my younger years living in both Maine and Connecticut, I had often seen the old, brick factory buildings that so many immigrants came to work in after immigrating to these United States. And sadly, I too have heard or read other stories about missing or murdered children just like this poor, young girl in this story. (Watching the news on television last night I saw another story of a four year old child who had been murdered and her little body thrown into the river. Have we come so far and have learned so little?)
I particularly liked they way the author concluded the story. The ending of "Death of a Mill Girl" by Clyde Linsley was very well written.
Would I recommend this very interesting story to others? Absolutely!!!
Martha Stevens- David
Clyde Linsley has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from University of Missouri. His work was heavily influenced from growing up during the desegregation years in the south. Linsley spent six years writing for the U.S. Department of Transportation and many more writing for a local newspaper in Hartford, Conn. before he decided to take a turn with novels. Now a four-time published author, Linsley lives in Virginia and works to merge history with the present in action novels for all readers. He has published three other novels.
"Death of a Mill Girl"
By Clyde Linsley