Book Review: Her Hidden Genius by Marie Benedict

“This will be your task, Miss Franklin—not just to map the molecular structure of DNA with an eye toward discovering the location of genes with your brilliant skills as an X-ray crystallographer but to beat anyone else who enters the race. Together, we will be seekers in the secret of life itself.” His smile overtakes his small face. “Welcome to the circus.”

Marie Benedict, Her Hidden Genius

Title: Her Hidden Genius
Author: Marie Benedict
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 304 (Hardcover)
Published: January 25th, 2022

My Rating: ★★★
Read: 3/7/2022 – 3/14/2022


Another interesting book by Marie Benedict! I love that she chooses lesser-known women in history for these books. Rosalind Franklin’s name does ring a bell for me, though I’m not sure from where. I didn’t know anything about her life. A lot of interesting science involved, too. The pacing was a bit wonky in places, but I enjoyed each phase of her life that was told.


I’ve read two of Marie Benedict’s books now. This one and The Only Woman in the Room. I learned a lot from both of them. Comparing the two, I have to say I like The Only Woman in the Room more because I found Hedy Lamarr more likable. As far as the scientific subjects go, I found Rosalind Franklin’s experiments more interesting, but that’s largely because I have a better understanding of the jargon surrounding her field. I’m looking forward to seeing who the subject of the next book will be.

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