It is a page turner, no doubt. Even though it is a typical crime thriller it has lived upto its hype on the whole. The novel has an usual protagonist - an investigative journalist very much commited to his principles and profession; a female partner in aid - an anorexic, tatooed and prierced, social misfit with a computer brain and dark past. Both are in a mission to find the answers of an unsolved mystrey of a missing girl from a rich family. The entire plot has been conceived brilliantly making it an international best seller. It seems that the underlying subject of the novel is to create an awareness about unexposed violent sexual crimes against women. Can not wait to read the seocond one of the trilogy.
It is a story about a teenager told by himself through events that takes place in a weekend when he was expelled out of a prep school. He is lost, depressed by the hypocrisy of the people in his life and hence he is angry at most of the things in the world. Boy can he curse ?!! I can see why this novel was so challeneged at so many places in the past decades. It is a very slow moving story and I was bit bored at times with little distractions then and there. Though it was written six decades ago it is still very relatable for so many teenagers.
It is a wonderful drama about the bygone southern culture and lifestyle of having black maids as fulltime help in rich white families, that I have read so far. I cannot believe that this is the author's debut novel. It makes you rethink about the hurdles people have endured and still enduring to make this place a better one for all human beings. Apparently the author's real life experiences are the inspiration to this story and so it is very heart warming to read about the author's final note about her own maid whom she had when she was growing up in Mississippi. The way each character is depicted to represent the different perspectives of the " Black maids in the White family" soceity is very clever. Little traces of comedy and romance add to the fun of reading. This novel would be a good pick for book group discussions.