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Murder Seen Through the Eyes of a Child Paperback – January 15, 2015
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That sentence sums up this interesting little page turner, IMHO. So much of human nature is on display here. There is a plot with very good bones, and a controversial social issue that has arguably made little progress since the time period the novel is set in. Add in a healthy dose of nostalgia, and deliver it in an earnest voice that would be persuasive around the campfire, or on a witness stand. The strength here is the absolute confidence of the narrators voice. It may be classed as fiction, but reads like a memoir. And an honest one, at that, without embroidery or fancy literary devices. Vibrant and alive... a compelling read.
The story is told mostly though the eyes of a young boy, sometimes it wavers from that view point. A little more editing might tighten and sharpen the story and help avoid repetitive and unnecessary sentences and words. This written tale of growing up can explain the history of this part of the Appalachian mountains to children who were born in more recent times. It's a small piece of American history not written by the victor.