LONG BLACK VEIL Written by Jennifer Finney Boylan
2017; 304 Pages (Crown)
Genre: literary fiction, mystery
(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY)
RATING: 3 STARS
Okay, so I decided to go with this book based on the title. “Long Black Veil” is a song sung by Johnny Cash, and has always been haunting. The only description of the book was the following, “a new novel about a woman whose family and identity are threatened by the secrets of her past.” The novel’s first part takes place in a prison in the 1980s. Intrigued yet? I was. It took me a few days to really get into this book. The first half is confusing. I can’t even describe to you why as I am afraid I will slip in a spoiler by accident. I was even confused on what to rate it, and even now as I write I keep volleying between 2.5 to 3. Once I got to the middle of the book I was able to read it pretty quickly. I was engaged even though some things didn’t seem plausible and I figured out one plot twist (there are more!). The characters are not always likeable BUT some are interesting in their flaws. I am not even sure if I would recommend this book, and if I did, whom I would recommend it to. I will say that reading this book was entertaining for the most part but it is not one I would read again.