Long Black Veil

Long Black Veil

A Novel

Book - 2017
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When the body of a college friend is discovered twenty years after her disappearance, Judith, the only witness who can testify to the innocence of the chief suspect, is forced to confront dark secrets from her past that compromise the healthy life she has built for her family.
Publisher: New York :, Crown,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780451496324
0451496329
Branch Call Number: FIC Boyl
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 24 cm

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Jun 07, 2017

There's a lot of good stuff in this character-based thriller: a creepy & effective opening in an abandoned prison, a sensitive meditation on being a transwoman from the stealth generation, some clever plotting, and a lot of literary allusions. But for me it felt overstuffed, like two excellent books sewn together that got in each other's way. One story (which I enjoyed more) is about Judith, a trans heroine (and explicit Christ figure), integrating the two halves of her life; the other is a character-based mystery plot, in which the point isn't the obvious whodunit (which the book makes clear early on), but how the crime has affected the lives of everyone involved, innocent or guilty. I liked the author's use of first- and third-person to differentiate Judith's true self from the facade she had created, but it didn't help the book cohere. I think mystery/thriller fans (especially those looking for a trans heroine) might enjoy it more than I did.

multcolib_susannel Apr 29, 2017

It's a mystery: six college friends explore an abandoned prison, but only five come out. Years later a body is found....

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