Deputy sheriff Constance Kopp is outraged to see young women brought into the Hackensack jail over dubious charges of waywardness, incorrigibility, and moral depravity. The strong-willed, patriotic Edna Heustis, who left home to work in a munitions factory, certainly doesn’t belong behind bars. And sixteen-year-old runaway Minnie Davis, with few prospects and fewer friends, shouldn’t be publicly shamed and packed off to a state-run reformatory. But such were the laws—and morals—of 1916. Constance uses her authority as deputy sheriff, and occasionally exceeds it, to investigate and defend these women when no one else will. But it’s her sister Fleurette who puts Constance’s beliefs to the test and forces her to reckon with her own ideas of how a young woman should and shouldn’t behave.
I’ve had the Kopp Sisters series on my radar for years, but I hadn’t yet found the time to start reading it. When I was sent the third novel by the wonderful girls at Houghton Mifflin, I decided it was time to try something different. And after finishing Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions, I immediately added the two previous books to my Wishlist. I REALLY liked this book.
This was such a unique and fresh novel, nothing like I’ve ever read before. This is the story of three sisters (although the main character is deputy sheriff Constance Kopp) living in 1914’s New Jersey and dealing with lots of trouble and injustices. This particular book is focused on Constance’s fight to help local women who are being imprisoned because of dubious charges. She’s fierce, independent and always tries to help those who need her the most. And she has a great sense of humor, too.
As you can imagine, this is a book about strong women and people who don’t really fit in. Women who refuse to resign themselves to their supposedly “established” path. It is both empowering and fun and if I had a daughter this is the kind of book I’d want her to read. I thought it was witty and smart and the great thing is that it’s based on real facts! I was really curious about the real story and I’m so glad the author talked about it too. I can’t wait to keep reading about Constance, Norma, and Fleurette!
My biggest fear when picking this up was that this book would be slow-paced or too literary for my taste, but what surprised me the most is that Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions was actually one of the fastest-paced books I’ve read this year. It’s thrilling, filled with dialogue and action and never gets boring. It’s funny at times, poignant at others and it was such a nice surprise that I can’t help but recommend it to anyone who wants to read something different and fresh.
ARC, Houghton Mifflin , 2017