Friday, July 5, 2013
This is a debut novel, but you'd never guess from the writing. I was very impressed with the quality and style exhibited by the author. It certainly deserves the blurbs you'll find on the back from authors like Herman Koch. Noa is my favorite type of unreliable narrator. You truly can't tell if she's lying or telling the truth. And Marlene, the mother of the murdered woman, is equally intriguing. I think the author managed to capture the ethical dilemma presented by the death penalty, as well as the morally ambiguous decisions that juries face, in way that make the reader thing without providing the author's opinion or moral lecturing.
It's definitely a page-turner, but with a literary bent. It's been compared to Gone Girl in several reviews and I think it's a fair comparison, especially in terms of having morally ambiguous and not necessarily sympathetic characters. It's a good example of a literary work with excellent writing that also reads quickly and easily.
If you liked Gone Girl, if you like unreliable narrators, and if you like morally ambiguous books that may lead you to re-evaluate your beliefs, this is a good read. I'd also compare it to Herman Koch's The Dinner, which I also enjoyed.
Thank you to TLC for providing me a copy of the book to review. To see the other sites on the tour, click here.
Posted by Julie G at 2:32 PM