Complex plot and characters. Part mystery part social commentary on race relations in the American south. Tight story (until the very end when it stretches the imagination). Excellent narrator.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
The opening of the book was lush and held out much promise for an engrossing southern novel. However, the characters and the story didn’t live up to this beginning. I did enjoy the descriptions of a “living” plantation, Belle Vie, in this day and age. That part was fascinating. The main character, Caren, however, seemed unlikeable and I just didn’t care much about her. She makes some really stupid decisions. The relationship she has with her ex –husband just doesn’t ring true to me. In fact, all her relationships seem washed out or bland.
In the end, the solution to the mystery just seems to pop up out of nowhere. Or did I miss something?
Overall, I was underwhelmed.
After reading Gone Girl all the mysteries I've listened to have fallen flat - until this one. I loved everything about this book. A telling sign for me is I rarely needed to use the rewind feature because I was so engrossed. Highly recommend this book.
This is one of my favorites so far because of how realistic it is and how plausible the story.
It was a fascinating look into a culture vastly different than my own but written in a way that I could completely understand why Caren (the main character) makes the decisions she makes. It was also a great look at what happened to all those plantations that I had previously thought of as romantic.
Any scene that described the plantation, as well as the scenes where you get a glimpse of how brilliant Caren is and how compassionate she is toward other people.
This was a great little mystery as well as a great look at modern day Louisiana. It took me by surprise as I wasn't sure I would like it initially. But I did and couldn't wait to get back to it when I did have to pause along the way.
The pace. It did a good job with the pace of the drama. There were times where I was listening to it in bed and getting scared. I slept with all the lights on. It was great!
Karen. The main character. She was a single mom and I could relate. The personal things she was trying to battle was really honest and raw.
If not Karen, her ex-husband. Other than the fact he was engaged to his pregnant girlfriend, I'd totally date him.
It had a really slow beginning. At first I was confused and wondered when things were going to get moving. But once they did, I couldn't put the book down! Hence why I only gave it four stars.
Love Mystery, Fantasy, SciFi and Books that have a catching of tone, effectiveness to capture the mines and ears of me.
Attica Locke, the synopsis of the book is misleading, the book and the history really didn't come together, you wrote more information about the plays, the visitor and what they were like versus why Jason matter, her mother and Ines death, I had to get to the last 60 mins on what, why and where and NO MYSTERY in that! I love Books and Imagination and the only imagination that I was left with was what the visitors were like.
Yes, I think her thought process has to be open to imagination , I don't know if writing a book is hard but if I can not Imagine what, where and Why and the beauty of a movie in words of the mind when it drafts with the Author; The main principles of a logic to a story regardless if it is a Mystery.
She is good
but it can be better
Authenic, gripping, well performed.
The story begins a little slow, but the listener is well rewarded for sticking with the story. One of the best audio books that I have listened to this year.
Yes I really enjoyed it.
You just could not anticipate what would happen next.
Love the voice inflections and changes.
If you like detective stories and mysteries, especially those that break the mold, I highly recommend this one. Its protagonist is an African American woman and the mystery to be solved connects the times of slavery in the United States with contemporary issues of undocumented migrants in farms. Very well done and a great performance read. I'm eagerly awaiting the next book by Attica Locke!