Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work.
I enjoyed this novel. It was well written. Actually very impressive in a technical sense. it’s a mystery as well as a human drama. An exploration of the south. It does all of these things well. It even cheats a little bit by holding things back in terms of the mystery without it leaving a bad taste afterwards. With mysteries I think it is an unwritten rule that an entirely new aspect of the story isn’t going to manifest in the 11th hour of the story or else it is something of a deus ex machina. That happens here. But then this isn’t entirely a novel counting on its mystery, so maybe that’s why it doesn’t feel like a betrayal. It retains a feeling of inevitability that all mystery should have at the end. Or is that noir? haha. That fits for this book, too. A southern noir.
All that being said, despite doing many things very well, I wasn’t all that excited by or invested in this novel. It seems like the kind of thing that would be made into a TV show these days. It felt very familiar that way. The characters feel real. But when taking on issues of race, for example, it feels like the author believes he is saying something new when all he really points out is racism is common place in the south and that it is bad, which isn’t new information. A plot twist resting on race was far from mind blowing or original. One of the affected characters didn’t even seem that surprised.
It’s a reliable novel. Serviceable. I can’t imagine it making anybody a rabid fan of the author though as I said does a good job for the most part.
This story starts out as a murder mystery, but the real story is of two men, one white, one black. The disappearance of a girl many years ago, brings back memories to these two men, when another girl disappears in present day. Both of their lives had been altered by the first, and will be altered once again by the second. It's a depressing tale of the south and how race relations were at that time.
Not the type of book I usually like (too literary; too serious), but the other reviewers had given it high marks and I was looking for something different.
I was drawn in from the start. "Scary Larry" is the quiet, weird kid that never makes any friends. He has the added misfortune of a father who wanted a normal, athletic son and got stuck with a son he has only contempt for.
Larry strikes up a sort of friendship for a brief summer with Silas, the black boy who lives in a cabin on Larry's father's property. It's more a friendship for Larry than Silas. Silas, like everyone else, thinks Larry is a strange kid.
In high school, Larry is suspected of murdering a girl he took on a "date" which wasn't really a date. He lives the next few decades as ostracized Scary Larry, until the paths of Larry and Silas cross again when Larry is suspected in a second murder.
All the characters are 3-dimensional and sometimes painfully real. I vacillated between feeling sorry for Larry and disliking him for being such a creepy guy.
The narrator is perfect. His voices for each character were distinct and, for me, helped me picture them in a way I probably wouldn't have if I had read the book.
As the story developed, the characters came alive and became less stereotypes. And I really started to enjoy them and the story... And then it was over. Nice story, interesting twists and overall a great listen. I really enjoyed the narrator too, he added a lot to the overall experience.
Overall the story was good and I did like it, but it jump around from the past to the present and several times it wasn't clear whether it was past or present. Then at times it was very clear. Be consistent next time. Other than that I enjoyed the book.
The narrator did do a really good job.
It is a decent little mystery.
I like to weed and read at the same time.
I was completely drawn in to the mystery of the 2 missing girls and the wonderful evocation of Mississippi. The narrator caught the tone of all the characters including the female voices
exceptionally well. Hated this book to end.
I enjoyed the way the story was put together and expertly laid out. It revealed the important details in a slow methodical manner that held my interest. Overall good theme construction
An interesting story but it was pretty depressing from start to finish. The narrators low key delivery may have made this worse
wonderful narrator - brought you into the story
made you think and reflect- how each one's actions affects the other