.ePUB, 400 pages
Publication Date: 25 Oct 2022
By: William MorrowGoodreads | AmazonAbout The Book:
It's the summer of 1964 and three innocent men are brutally murdered for trying to help Black Mississippians secure the right to vote. Against this backdrop, twenty-two year old Violet Richards finds herself in more trouble than she's ever been in her life. Suffering a brutal attack of her own, she kills the man responsible. But with the color of Violet's skin, there is no way she can escape Jim Crow justice in Jackson, Mississippi. Before anyone can find the body or finger her as the killer, she decides to run. With the help of her white beau, Violet escapes. But desperation and fear leads her to hide out in the small rural town of Chillicothe, Georgia, unaware that danger may be closer than she thinks. Back in Jackson, Marigold, Violet's older sister, has dreams of attending law school. Working for the Mississippi Summer Project, she has been trying to use her smarts to further the cause of the Black vote. But Marigold is in a different kind of trouble: she's pregnant and unmarried. After news of the murder brings the police to her door, Marigold sees no choice but to flee Jackson too. She heads North seeking the promise of a better life and no more segregation. But has she made a terrible choice that threatens her life and that of her unborn child? Two sisters on the run--one from the law, the other from social shame. What they don't realize is that there's a man hot on their trail. This man has his own brand of dark secrets and a disturbing motive for finding the sisters that is unknown to everyone but him.
Wow, what did I just read? This book was so intense. It is about two black women, who are sisters. The year is 1964 and Violet and Marigold are from Jackson, Mississippi. Violet has killed the white man who raped her. Marigold is unwed and pregnant and after telling her boyfriend she is expecting he hightails it out of town. Both women decide to escape Jackson to different locals and what ensues is a taut story that had me gripped from the start.
The story itself is well told and the writing engaging. Even though there is a well thought out plot I found the book to be very character driven. I really cared about what happened to these women and when they hurt, I hurt too. I felt their suffering and wished I could fight the injustices they faced with and for them. The chapters coming from each character's point of view make it easy to feel each woman's pain and feel it I did.
Ms. Morris sure can write historical fiction well enough to give the reader a sense of time and place. I so enjoyed this sad yet ultimately hopeful novel. With great pacing, a suspenseful storyline, and a powerful message this is one amazing book. I will have to read All Her Little Secrets by this author as a character from that book is in this one too, but this book is definitely a stand alone.
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