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Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
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May 29, 2010

really liked it
Read from May 30 to June 01, 2010

I did enjoy this one – really I did – and read it cover to cover in a day. The crime story thread had me hooked, and I enjoyed finding out more about the civil rights issues, the labour disputes, racism in the Southern States, the machinations of the oil companies (although a lot of the labour dispute’s twists and turns did pass me by a little). The main weakness for me was that the book tried to do too much, and without engaging the reader in its characters. Jay was quite well drawn, but the ex-girlfriend mayor, the father-in-law, the wife remained sketchy, and that really weakened the narrative drive for me. And why is it that novels purporting to be “literary” have to be written in the present tense? As I read on (and this is a long book) it really started to grate on me, however strong the writing. It was a good first novel, and the author definitely knew her subject, but it lacked that little something (a heart?) that would have made it great.


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