Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I loved it. I recommend it. It is the best written book I've read so far this year. Wendell and Reva are people you wouldn't mind having for friends. The author makes you feel you are listening in on their lives not just observing them.
Yes there is a mystery involved but it is almost incidental to the characters in this book. I lingered over lines. I lingered over sentences. I really didn't want the last page to ever come.
The book store description of the book does not do it justice.
When the charred body of a promiscuous, self-proclaimed witch is discovered at a farm called Sorrow Wood, nearly everyone in the sleepy town of Sand Valley, Alabama, is drawn into the case. As the murder probe continues, a multitude of secrets are revealed, including one that leads back to the rock castle home of Wendell Blackmon, Sand Valley`s police chief, and his beloved wife Reva. The town`s inhabitants ruminate on the true meaning of commitment, love, death, hope, and loss as they delve deeper into questions such as Who was this woman? Where did she come from? and What did her presence mean to Wendell, Reva, and the townspeople of Sand Valley?