Arctic Fury

Lead by Virginia Reed, 12 women embark on a mission to find the lost Franklin Expedition


Wow, I just loved this story. Based on the true story of Lady Franklin’s search for her husband John Franklin and his missing crew in the Arctic, this book both a historical fiction and a mystery. When Virigina Reed, is commissioned to lead a group of women into the Arctic, she knows that they may not all come back. But when one member of an esteemed Boston family is the one that doesn’t come back, Reed is put on trial for her supposed death.

Told from various perspectives we get a glimpse into the thoughts and opinions of each of the women involved in the expedition. I really enjoyed that while the main POV was from Reed and we see the story mainly through her eyes, we also get these small glimpses into each women’s motives. I felt this really ensured I felt invested in not only the greater story but also into what would lead these women to take this journey. I’m always reminded in books like these, just how far women’s rights have come in less than 200 years, and I’m extremely grateful to be alive in a time period were women are able to do as they wish and garner respect.

In addition to this book being based upon the search for the Lost Franklin Expedition, it also ties into the story of the Donner party. I won’t spoil it but once I finished reading this book I immediately went down a rabbit hole researching them.

This is definitely a book that will suck you in. If you love historical fictions with strong women character than this book is for you!


I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on The Arctic Fury . Huge thank you to SourceBooks for my eARC for my honest opinion. If you liked this review please let me know either by commenting below or by visiting my instagram @speakingof_books.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. CLS says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book to read. The Donner story is an amazing story but sad one. Definitely hope to read this one. Thanks for sharing.

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