Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on January 1, 1997
Originally published in 1866 under the pseudonym "A. M. Barnard." Louisa May Alcott's novel of romance and sexual intrigue is one of her lesser-known gems. Its tone and characterizations strike a markedly different chord from her best-known works, such as "Little Women" and "Little Men," and it remains a popular addition to her oeuvre.
Behind a Mask is an excellent way to become acquainted with Alcott’s racier side. With a hidden identity used for publication (A.M. Barnard) it all fits together nicely in this unique thriller.
From the beginning, I knew that there was something fishy going on and was pretty sure I knew the motive; my suspicions were confirmed in the shape of a letter. There really is something to be said about disclosing a plot in the form of a letter, I think it adds to the dramatic flair, especially here with the ending drawing so near. While Behind a Mask was a page turner all in its self, I couldn’t press my Kindle’s “Next Page” button fast enough when reaching the conclusion.