The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood

The Blind Assassin

By Margaret Atwood

  • Release Date: 2000-09-05
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4
From 237 Ratings


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale


In The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood weaves together strands of gothic suspense, romance, and science fiction into one utterly spellbinding narrative. The novel begins with the mysterious death—a possible suicide—of a young woman named Laura Chase in 1945. Decades later, Laura’s sister Iris recounts her memories of their childhood, and of the dramatic deaths that have punctuated their wealthy, eccentric family’s history. Intertwined with Iris’s account are chapters from the scandalous novel that made Laura famous, in which two illicit lovers amuse each other by spinning a tale of a blind killer on a distant planet. These richly layered stories-within-stories gradually illuminate the secrets that have long haunted the Chase family, coming together in a brilliant and astonishing final twist.


  • Wow in a good way

    By Racniccha
    Enormity of the plot is not obvious until the end, at which point, you will re-read parts and see the intelligently-placed subtle and direct clues which are sometimes a single word
  • Essential

    By Billy from space
    One of the best works of fiction in the English language. Indispensable.

    By Winnenrosie
    The story goes on and on and gets no where. The writing is very good but the plot is a dud.