Compared to the numerous novels I have read, Killing Lincoln is the notable outlier of the pool. What separates this book from your usual novel is the 3rd person omniscient perspective. While the story is about the momentous days and thoughts that led to Lincoln’s assassination, the authors don’t feel the need to stay focused to the story, adding in their own insight and biases into it. One aspect that I quite enjoy is the common use of quotes and historical pieces of evidence to seamlessly fabricate more details and imagery into the plot. Along with increased clarity the usage of quotes also gives variety in the ways the authors express the character’s thoughts. The entire book is written in such a way that evidence and commentary is translated on and off to keep readers engaged yet free to make their own opinions.
I will admit at first I wasn’t sure if the book was going to go any farther than list a lot of boring facts but I was proven wrong as I went deeper into the book. One of the major symbols in the story that was introduced was the ides, a term coming from Julius Caesar’s assassination. The ides were known as a lunar cycle in Rome and as the day Julius died. The authors brought this up because they wanted to let the readers know how like Julius’s death, Lincoln’s death was well predicted beforehand and in a sense, inevitable. I’m excited to read Killing Lincoln and to learn more about our history’s darkest times.