This book had a slow start, but once it got going it was a page turner. I really enjoyed the narrator as well. Every now and again a writer comes along who transports the reader right into the location of the story and this is one.
The story started off interesting but ended flat, in my opinion. No twist and turns, but that might not have been the intention. The character relationship building was the focus. The narration was awesome!
I got this book for half off so I'm not going to be as harsh a critic. I didn't care for the narration all that much and I think that's a big reason I may not have cared as much for cyrus, one of the main characters. it was interesting though and was easy to get caught up in. I wish it had more details in some areas but I was still a pretty good book. average at least, not horrible but also didn't stand out too much.
This is the first book I've listened to by Tom Franklin, but certainly not the last. The story is riveting, the transitions from past to present giving texture and color to the story. Kevin Kenerly is a most talented reader, making the characters easily recognizable in his voice. I loved this book!
The narrator was awesome! The way he switched up his voice and used his southern drawl! Loved it!
I wasn't sure exactly which way this book would go but it was engaging and kept my interest. All throughout, I couldn't help but feel sorry for Larry. He's the type of guy that would make an amazing husband; yet all he ever wanted throughout this book, was love and understanding. That's something everyone wants.
I loved this book; loved the fact that it took place in Mississippi; loved the different characters and personalities.
Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.
An excellent story with excellent narration. It is the story of two boys, one black, the other white who form a friendship that evolves throughout the story. The author does a great job of interweaving their lives as if he is crafting a fine basket. Unlike some mysteries, the story remains believable, with well developed characters. It takes a couple chapters to get into, but the delay is worth the wait. I highly recommend a good listen.
This novel is about the post-integration South and changes in relationships. It is not the usual tedious race novel -- oh, the poor blacks, oh, the mean whites -- that there have been WAAAY too many of and I avoid like poison.
This is a murder mystery story basically, and the characters are treated ------- as equals! There's a concept for you. They're all people and their past and race affects them but does not overwhelm the story.
I was delighted with the author's treatment of one obvious plot ploy. 95% of readers would surely guess it pretty quickly, so when the author admits it, he just mentions it in passing without dwelling on it. Duh, that was obvious, he's saying: that is not what the story is about!
It's about friendship and what friendship IS. Both main characters have a hard time with this concept: what do you have to do to be a friend, and what can't you do and still be a friend? I think a lot of people have trouble with this and it's a theme well worth building a story around.
I felt this was a brilliant novel and a good story and well-developed, likeable and interesting characters. I recommend it.