LONG BLACK VEIL Written by Jennifer Finney Boylan

2017; 304 Pages (Crown)
Genre: literary fiction, mystery

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY)


Okay, so I decided to go with this book based on the title.  “Long Black Veil” is a song sung by Johnny Cash, and has always been haunting.  The only description of the book was the following, “a new novel about a woman whose family and identity are threatened by the secrets of her past.”  The novel’s first part takes place in a prison in the 1980s.  Intrigued yet? I was.  It took me a few days to really get into this book.  The first half is confusing. I can’t even describe to you why as I am afraid I will slip in a spoiler by accident.  I was even confused on what to rate it, and even now as I write I keep volleying between 2.5 to 3.  Once I got to the middle of the book I was able to read it pretty quickly.  I was engaged even though some things didn’t seem plausible and I figured out one plot twist (there are more!).  The characters are not always likeable BUT some are interesting in their flaws.  I am not even sure if I would recommend this book, and if I did, whom I would recommend it to.  I will say that reading this book was entertaining for the most part but it is not one I would read again.

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