Chasing Lincoln’s Killer

// April 10th, 2012 // Book Reviews

Title: Chasing Lincoln’s Killer

Author: James L. Swanson


Based on rare archival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the manhunters, CHASING LINCOLN’S KILLER is a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia.

My Review:

In school, the topic we are learning about is the Civil War. So in reading class we read a book called Chasing Lincoln’s Killer which is about the manhunt to get John Wilkes Booth, the killer of Abraham Lincoln. I have always loved the genre historical fiction, along with fantasy, so I was fascinated with this book.

I loved this book for two reasons. The first reason is the best. Since the story is told mostly from Booth’s perspective, the author made the reader root for Booth, even though he was the villain. I thought that was pretty cool. The second reason is that it told the story in a way which was really cool. I would read about 20 pages and then it would show a picture of the main event which happened in that section. It gave me a better idea of what happened.

I think people who like history will like this book. But there are a few bloody scenes which might be inappropriate for young kids, so I would suggest kids who are in 4th grade or up could read this. If you or your child has read books with bloody scenes in them then maybe you or your child could make an exception. It only has true facts about Lincoln, his killer, his conspirators, Booth’s man hunters and Lincoln’s helpers, doctors and family. I rate this book 10 of 10 stars. Stay tuned for another review of a historical fiction book based on the Civil War tomorrow!

2 Responses to “Chasing Lincoln’s Killer”

  1. Mrs. Fromowitz says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your review of “Chasing Lincoln’s Killer”. I too, love historical fiction. It takes you back to another time and place and lets you imagine what it must have been like living in that time. This particular book was indeed fast paced and kept the reader wanting to find about the sequence of events and key players in this important event in history. I anxiously look forward to your next review. I’m glad you liked this selection and can hardly wait to see your reaction to our next shared literature experience together.

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