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Walking Through Shadows
by Bev Marshall (Goodreads Author)
When the body of seventeen-year-old Sheila Barnes is found on Lloyd Cotton's dairy farm in 1941, nearly all the citizens of the quiet town of Zebulon, Mississippi, feel the effects of her murder. But those most deeply affected by the tragedy include her young husband, Stoney, and the Cotton family, who took Sheila in and grew to love and respect her.Though badly abused by ...more
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Published September 25th 2009 by M P Publishing Ltd.
(first published April 1st 2002)
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Because the subject matter is disturbing, verging on appalling and disgusting, I would like to be able to dismiss it as a literary work. However, it is not to be dismissed. The story flows along flawlessly, realistically and vividly.
Here is a mystery set in the early 1940's, one of my favorite eras to read about. The story was "voiced" by different characters in Zebulon, Mississippi who were, in one way or another, involved in the life of the young woman who was murdered. I enjoyed this author's second novel very much also. There are some "rough" places in the story due to the subject matter, but it reads very well.
Apr 01, 2012 Abby Rosmarin rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Oh I wanted to like it. I really did. But it just seemed to be one gigantic flop. The pity character was too pathetic, Marshall tried too hard to make each point-of-view written different (which, in the end, always failed and they always started sounding the same), and I just found myself rolling my eyes at the end of it.
I really liked this book. The characters are real and interesting. The author is local, and in talking to her, I learned that this book is based on her own family history and the event was real. Her grandfather is the owner of the dairy farm. The tragedy is heartbreaking and you hope for a good resolution.
Bev Marshall was one of my college professors, so I felt obligated to read it. I really enjoyed it, but I just felt so angry at the end. I do love how Bev used each character's voice as a narrator. It definitely kept things interested. I would recommend this book to others.
Bev Marshall is the author of three novels, Walking Through Shadows, Right As Rain, and Hot Fudge Sundae Blues. She is writer-in-residence at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. She grew up in McComb and Gulfport, Mississippi, married her childhood sweetheart and now lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, just down the road from the live alligator that serves as the town's tourist a ...moreMore about Bev Marshall...