Though I was interested in the story and the characters, I found the novel to lazily meander through time with no real twists or turns in the plot. Once all the players were introuced the plot was predictable to the end.
It's been a long time since a book grabbed me like this one. I just couldn't put it down. The reader is great and the story just kept building.
Oh, this book had the potential of being a total knock-out. It has a great premise, good characters, good writing, all the ingredients, but it never had a plot twist or a surprise. I knew what would happen almost from the get go. It was so obvious as to be almost embarrassing. I kept reading because I just knew some fabulous twist was on the next page. It just never came. Taken from a relationship standpoint, it was pretty good, but what could have been a fabulous murder mystery ended up being no mystery at all.
One redeeming factor was that the narrator was really good.
The atmosphere of the small southern town, the characters and the ways their lives intersect are all developed into an original story that is convincing and winning. It is at times a sad story but not dark or depressing, or smothering, as some southern fiction can be. This is a case where the narration adds so much to the story. I think Kevin Kenerly does a marvelous job, especially with the policeman Silas '32' Jones. When we're with 32, we're right with the world.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Mississippi in the 1960s, when southerners were divided by race, Silas and Larry, a colored boy and a white boy became friends . . . a secret friendship that both boys cherish. Children don't see color, they see love. Adults teach them how to hate and how to lie. The sins of the father reach out to try to destroy innocent children, long after fathers are dead in the grave . . . But truth always lies just beneath the surface, a faint whisper, waiting to be heard . . .
I agree with Sherrie Dunford's review, so I'll direct you there. The reviews from those I follow made this an easy choice for me, but I was very disappointed. The reader was great, but I can't recommend the book. Three stars is being generous, actually.
As an AA female it got a bit tiresome having to hear the lovely and expressive "N" word said so many times and with such fervor to help me understand the true nature of the natives and their mindsets in this story at a time in our history when blacks were not houseguests normally received with opened arms.
I was born in Mississippi and spent many summers at my grandparents on one of their farms and was sheltered from the brutality and inhumanity that pervaded the south in my youth as I grew up in Illinois. However, in all truthfulness, I personally never actually experienced the racism that is well documented having occurred in Ole Miss, I received most of my lessons in Illinois. I knew it existed and that it was explosively dangerous, the news was very informative in this regard. My sole experience with it there came when a bunch of us kids were ushered to a back entrance at a movie theater and 'made' to sit in the balcony. It was cool to me, I always sat in the balcony at home anyway, but entering through the back was a bit creepy.
I didn't think that racism put Mississippi on the map, Elvis did that, so at 59, listening to this book is a grim reminder of just how far we truly have not advanced. We've made some progress, no doubt, but it left me unmoved. I say this because my great-grandmother was Caucasian and married to my great-grandfather, a black man, in a state that hung folks on trees like freshly washed laundry; this book didn't surprise me at all. I knew early on where it was going...
I think this book could have really delved deeper into interpersonal relationships, both interracial and intraracial ones, more substantially. It could've depicted stronger how daily life was for biracial persons trying to live innocuously between two worlds at differing points in time. It could've given a more realistic perspective of how crime really was handled by small town sheriffs and their deputies and how the law and the white citizens dealt with their 'perceived' notions regarding black on white crime then. The book touched on aspects of it, but what if it had gone deeper, more bolder and challenged 'US' in the now?
I was just hoping for so much more. I was sorely disappointed and this book left me u-n-i-m-p-r-e-crooked letter-crooked letter-e-d.
A bit late to wonder on this point now isn't it?
The performance was very well done.
I will not recommend it.
I don't feel like listening to this was a waste of time but it is not a book/audio recording I would recommend.
There was not enough difference between the character's voices. Silas and Angie's voices were excellent, every other woman and man sounded exactly alike.
I would enjoy a prequel more than a sequel with the story of Alice, Carl and Ina being fleshed out.
I wanted to love this novel but only liked it. Franklin blatantly telegraphed all of the revelations. There was no a-ha moment, nor was the resolution of either murder all that interesting.
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The story had many surprises and kept me in my car longer than needed many times because I didn't want to stop listening. The narrator changed tones for every character, he was amazing, like watching a professional performance in the theater. I highly recommend this book.
This book had been recommended to me for quite a while and when I found it on sale on audible I grabbed it and am I glad I did! I couldn't stop listening; the narration was mesmerizing and the story was as well. The characters were so well drawn I felt sympathy for all of them, even the bad guys. A drama, a thriller, a mystery. This book has it all!