Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Review: The Cutting Season by Attica Locke

Oh how I love the South; the plantations, the people, the mystery, the landscape, the politics and the history.  The Cutting Season has all of those things and more.  This novel has a two -for-one mystery that keeps you so intrigued that you don't want to put it down.

The characters are real and I loved how the author explored their emotions, personal demons, love for one another, their home and their sense of belonging.  I found it very interesting how Ms. Locke compared some of the struggles of yesterday's slaves to today's migrant workers, and society's ignorance in treating them as though they were/are less the human.  In one word - Shameless!

Great story and I look forward to reading Ms. Locke's other work.

SYNOPSIS by Barnes & Noble
In Black Water Rising, Attica Locke made one of the most stunning fiction debuts in recent memory. Now she returns with The Cutting Season, a riveting thriller that intertwines two murders separated by over a century.
Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation-turned-tourist attraction where the past and the present coexist uneasily. Outside the gates, an ambitious corporation has been snapping up sugar cane fields from struggling families, replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the property, her throat cut clean.
The police zero in on a suspect but Caren fears they're chasing the wrong leads. Putting herself at risk, she unearths startling new facts about the long-ago disappearance of a former slave that has unsettling ties to the modern-day crime. In pursuit of the truth about Belle Vie's history—and her own—Caren discovers secrets about both cases that an increasingly desperate killer will do anything to keep hidden.
RATING - 4 STARS  - I Loved It!!

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