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Watch out, Mr. Grisham...
on March 28, 2013
... you have a hot new author, Elizabeth L. Silver, on your trail, and she takes no prisoners with her "can't put down" new book, "The Execution of Noa P. Singleton".
The book grips you from page one. It tells the tale of one Noa P. Singleton, a woman on death row for a killing. She is sardonic, immediately likable if not all together trustful or truthful (after all, she is on death row). She meets a new lawyer, Oliver Stansted, who convinces her he might have the key her life, if only she opens up about what really happened on the night of the killing. Enter Marlene Dixon, and things get really interesting.
I don't want to reveal too many spoilers in this review, for Silver has penned quite an amazing roller coaster ride of family dynamics, deceptions, games, and death. The most important accomplishment in her book is her characterization of Noa. As she tells her story, she becomes a very real person. There are scenes, particularly between her and her estranged father, that were so well-written that I felt like I was watching it on a movie scene. Silver has a talent for dialogue, tension, and captures the voice of Noa so wonderfully that its a wonder this is her first book.
By the time the novel ends, you are utterly exhausted, and amazed that you sped through her first book so quickly. Fans of mysteries, fans of murder, fans of great fictions, put this book on the top of your reading list immediately. You will not regret one minute you spend with Noa.