**3.5 stars** I think that the reader's voice in my audiobook version was partly to blame for me not liking it more. The story follows Marie from her wedding through her execution and yes she was completely unsympathetic at times. Part of it I imagine had to do with the royal hierarchy she was accustomed to and surrounded her entire life. The time she spent in the tower was the most compelling part of the novel and so hard to imagine- particularly after her children were separated from her. Naslund did an excellent job conveying the confusion; hope and despair during the final days. Bravo to the publisher for including an interview with Naslund- she had a great story behind her inspiration to write this novel.