fiction crime historical mystery dark mysterious reflective tense fast-paced

498 pages | first published 1994

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When The Alienist was first published in 1994, it was a major phenomenon, spending six months on the New York Times bestseller list, receiving critical acclaim, and selling millions of copies. This modern classic continues to be a touchstone of hi...
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Moods

dark 91%
mysterious 86%
tense 53%
adventurous 46%
challenging 21%
informative 16%
emotional 13%
sad 13%
reflective 8%
inspiring 2%
funny 1%
hopeful 1%

Pace

medium 59%
slow 21%
fast 18%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 45% | Plot: 45% | Character: 9%

Strong character development?

Yes: 46% | No: 30% | It's complicated: 21% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 51% | It's complicated: 34% | No: 12% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 51% | Yes: 34% | It's complicated: 13% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 46% | No: 32% | It's complicated: 20% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

3.89