BOOK: The Furnace Girl by Kraig Moreland and Toby Jones
The Furnace Girlis a fictionalized account of a crime that really happened in the small town ofLake Bluff, Illinois. In 1928, a youngwoman, Elfrieda Knaak, was discovered—naked and severely burned—in the basementof Lake Bluff’s Village Hall. The crime,still unsolved even all these years later, shook the small town and hadeveryone looking over their shoulders. In this novel, which is Moreland’s theoretical account of what actually took place that night, Griff Morgan, a young boy who becomes an accidental witness to the crime, and who becomes privy to the skeletons hiding in Lake Bluff’s closet. Equal parts disturbing and intriguing, The Furnace Girl is a local crime story that may leave you with more questions than answers.
Admittedly, this is not usually the genre that I go for, but I still found it gripping (and also horrifying). I was really drawn to the photographs, maps, and other primary sources that were included. There’s something about old photographs…especially when they are crime-related and a little spooky. This book also seemed to encompass a little bit of YA and a little bit of thrill(and eeriness), which I really enjoyed. Thestory was definitely plausible and well developed, and I just loved Griff! The whole premise of the story made me want to do some crime research of my own because even though it happened not far from where I live, I had never heard Elfrieda’s story. If you like true crime documentaries and/or are intrigued by murder mysteries, give The Furnace Girl a try!
Happy Reading! xo, Amy