Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, by Elizabeth Silver
Noa P. Singleton sits on death row, six months from her X day, when the attorney mother of her victim offers to enter a clemency petition with the governor if only Noa will tell her why she shot her daughter. Noa's reflections on her childhood, young adulthood, events leading up to the shooting, and years on death row form the bulk of the narrative, with Elizabeth's letters to her dead daughter interspersed. Someone called Noa an unreliable narrator, and maybe she is. I felt like she was honest, but maybe she was deluding me as well as herself. There is an ongoing contest for who is most monstrous among the characters, with only a couple of people not in the running at one point or other. Creepy a lot of the time.