Thursday, January 5, 2012

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

From Goodreads: In the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas "32" Jones were boyhood pals. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry, the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, single black mother. Yet for a few months the boys stepped outside of their circumstances and shared a special bond. But then tragedy struck: Larry took a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again. She was never found and Larry never confessed, but all eyes rested on him as the culprit. The incident shook the county—and perhaps Silas most of all. His friendship with Larry was broken, and then Silas left town. More than twenty years have passed. Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the past they've buried and ignored for decades.

I spied this one on the blogs last summer (Bermudaonion's review here) and it sounded great so, when it went on sale on Kindle not long ago, I snatched it right up. I was not dissapointed. I loved how the characters of Silas and Larry evolved during the story - it's coming of age, it's racial tension, it's alcohol and drugs and murder but from that darkness comes light and I was really sad to see the book come to an end. Loved it.

This works for these challenges:
The 2012 E-Book Reading Challenge is hosted by Sarah at Workaday Reads. Click on the logo to see my progress.

I am trying to reach 100 books this year - I've never done it before although I have come very close, click on the logo to see how I am doing for this year!


bermudaonion said...

I'm so glad you loved this! I did too.

Melissa Mc (Gerbera Daisy Diaries) said...

One of those that is very popular...but I didn't like it at all.
The beauty of books!

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Glad to see your review of this one. It's a book I've seen mentioned on blogs and that shows up in my Amazon "recommendations" occasionally. I'll have to keep it in mind.

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

I absolutely LOVED this book - I think it was my absolute favorite read of 2011! So glad to see that you enjoyed it as well.

France said...

I read the sample of it, and bought the full book immediately. After reading a few disappointing stories and losing hope on finding a good one, this was AH-MAZING! I read the last 40 pages late at night with my eyes feeling like sandpaper...just to find out what happened. My only issue is that it wasn't long enough!