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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
In Dickie Erman’s compelling historical novel, A Spy's Eyes: Rachael's Story, a spy for the Confederacy leaves the South, determined to help their side win the American Civil War. What Rachael Carrington did not count on is the doubt that begins to creep into her mind after interacting with those on the other side of the war. Born of a slave black woman and a white affluent cotton plantation owner, Rachael has never known the suffering inflicted by slavery. Bold but naïve, Rachael convinces her father and his friends of the crucial role she could play for the Confederacy as a spy. She is placed under Madam Pinkerton, an elderly woman, also a spy for the Confederacy, who instructs her on what she is to do. When the reality of the war begins to sink in, specifically the role she is playing in betraying her friends, Rachael begins to rethink her stance.
A Spy's Eyes: Rachael's Story remains focused on the main character, Rachael, as she experiences her journey of enlightenment. She leaves the South, sure of her convictions. In the North, she begins to see slavery for what it is. The work is fast-paced which makes it captivating. The scenes are creative as they feature engaging conversations. The internal dialogue going on in Rachael’s mind reveals the conflict within her and the beginning of her change. The work is also covered by a shroud of suspense. Rachael has to be careful of every word she says. As a spy, she risks being charged with treason, which could ultimately mean death. A Spy's Eyes: Rachael's Story by Dickie Erman is a powerful story that follows the growth and change in the perspective of a Confederate spy.