This book should come with a warning- Very Sad. It’s a quick read being a short number of pages but the author does make pertinent points regarding racism- the shame of colour, preconceived ideas of race and totally inappropriate attitudes.
There are only four main characters so impact is not lost in a plethora of who’s who. The storyline is simple and resonates as a build up of underlying tension between the characters reveals itself.
A good read and debut.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 13 minutes|
|Narrator||J. D. Jackson|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||10 September 2019|
|Publisher||Dreamscape Media, LLC|
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680 in Modern Detective Mysteries
1,186 in Black & African American Urban Fiction (Books)
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Recommended- a Good Read- three and a half starsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 November 2020
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Not sure what this is doing in the thrillers section, there is a crime at the beginning and a tragedy at the end but the middle ie nearly all of it is social commentary mixed with soap opera including some iffy sex. Little sympathy or empathy for any of the characters as the four main ones are exaggerated and manipulated to make several points about race, class and status so much so that it does not quite hang together. If there had been even a little police investigation and less internal monologue it would have made a better book and it’s very valid opinions more pertinent and effective, as it is the main virtue is the length.
GrippingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 February 2021
A virtuoso performance on the subject of identity politics. Clearly based on great wisdom and compassion, it is a novel that everyone would do well to read. It's also a great page turner - totally defeated my normal skin-flint policy of trying to make a novel last as long as possible! It's so well written and tightly plotted that it's very surprising to hear that this is a first novel. Most important of all, however, is that it is a novel with a great heart behind it. May John Vercher thrive and prosper in his literary career.
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Definitely worth readingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 February 2021
As someone of mixed heritage this was an interesting read. The issue of racial identity as at the forefront of the book, but it also deals with themes like friendship, loss, and the prison system. Depsite the reative brevity of the book and the sparse writing style the author really brings you into the world of a cold 1990s Pittsburg winter. No senten is wasted, no scene is filler and the characters are pitched just right. Some people think the book is very sad but it's not a 'weepy' read. Just deep. I've been reading a lot of first novels recently and this is one of the better ones.
A tour de forceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 January 2021
A fantastic novella that catches place, time and people all pitch perfectly. A book that will stay with you long after you finish it.