Noa P, Singleton sits on death row, just six months from her execution date. She has made peace with her death date; she confessed to the murder she was imprisoned for, and she is ready to die. She contemplates her last words, her last meal. Then Marlene Dixon comes to visit. Marlene is not only a high-power attorney, but also the mother of the woman Noa says she murdered. Marlene’s testimony was partly what earned Noa her death sentence, but now Marlene says she has changed her mind about the death penalty; she no longer believes anyone should have the right to send another to death, even for heinous crimes. Marlene wants to know the story of what happened on her daughter’s last day alive, and Noa is the only one who can tell her. Marlene says she will do everything she can to get Noa’s sentence commuted to life in prison if she will tell the true story of what happened when her daughter was murdered. Noa isn’t convinced Marlene is sincere, and doesn’t want her sentence to be commuted; she is ready to die for her crime. As Noa’s story unfolds, we are left wondering if she really committed the crime she says she confessed to committing. This novel reminds me of a Gillian Flynn novel – twists and turns, psychologically thrilling, characters you want to like but can’t. Even the style of writing is similar. And since Gillian Flynn is one of my favorites, that is a compliment to Elizabeth Silver. A great story that made me think about family bonds and reasons a person would murder another; and whether or not the death penalty is always the way to go.
Book Review: The Execution of Noa P. Singleton
21 Monday Apr 2014
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