The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'Farrell

The Marriage Portrait

Maggie O'Farrell

436 pages first pub 2022 (editions)

fiction historical literary dark emotional tense medium-paced
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In the winter of 1561, Lucrezia, Duchess of Ferrara, is taken on an unexpected visit to a country villa by her husband, Alfonso. As they sit down to dinner in the icy hall it occurs to Lucrezia that Alfonso has a sinister purpose in bringing her h...

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Moods

dark 70%
tense 59%
emotional 51%
mysterious 47%
sad 40%
reflective 29%
adventurous 16%
challenging 16%
informative 14%
hopeful 6%
inspiring 4%

Pace

medium 60%
slow 31%
fast 8%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 45% | Character: 41% | Plot: 13%

Strong character development?

Yes: 61% | No: 19% | It's complicated: 18% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 44% | Yes: 38% | No: 16%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 79% | Yes: 9% | It's complicated: 6% | N/A: 4%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 43% | No: 32% | It's complicated: 22% | N/A: 1%

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4.06

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