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Page-turner with great plot, complex characters
on December 8, 2016
This was a great story, thoughtfully told. It was about the murder of a teenage girl and the aftermath of the crime—but this was much more than just a crime story. It was also a deep psychological exploration of interesting characters; a portrait of a small town where people know much about each other's business, for better or worse; a description of the difficulties of overcoming racial differences, even when people want to; a picture of the complicated, often agitated lives of teens; and a fast-paced mystery. Major characters—a teenage girl, a black graduate student, a middle-aged art teacher, and a cop—narrate the story from different vantage points. Each of these characters is in a "hole" of sorts, and has to find a way out. It was truly absorbing to see how each of them did it. This book was really good at depicting people's often messy lives—and how they just keep trying to figure things out, as best they can.