Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Review: Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan


Goodreads Description:
From the New York Times bestselling author of She’s Not There, a new novel about a woman whose family and identity are threatened by the secrets of her past.

Long Black Veil is the story of Judith Carrigan, whose past is dredged up when the body of her college friend Wailer is discovered 20 years after her disappearance in Philadelphia’s notorious and abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary. Judith is the only witness who can testify to the innocence of her friend Casey, who had married Wailer only days before her death. 

The only problem is that on that fateful night at the prison, Judith was a very different person from the woman she is today. In order to defend her old friend and uncover the truth of Wailer’s death, Judith must confront long-held and hard-won secrets that could cause her to lose the idyllic life she’s built for herself and her family.

I gotta say I was slightly reminded of it but only in a way that the past comes back to haunt them. The book was okay, I like the way the book was set up and the tone of it kept me interesting enough to continue onward with the book which lately has been happening to me that I just ditch books for a while before coming back to them way later. The author doesn't skirt around vocabulary and problems, she goes on about them without, to me, being overly offensive. She also doesn't seem to be conscious about this vocabulary but simply uses it for the sake of telling her story, not in a way that she WANTS readers to be triggered, or notice things on purpose.... I'm not making any sense, bear with me. 
I guess an example of it would be, naked people, people don't get triggered by naked people in art but if you see a naked person in public, they would. This book is taken in an artist form. Some people might like it, others might hate it, but the author did her work and created art out of work. And like any art, it can also be confusing which is why I ended up with a 3.5 rating because I found some parts of the plot to be a tad confusing and found myself having to go back a chapter 2 different times. 

Recommend it?
Yeah, it was interesting enough.