Book Review: The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver

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Arti­cle orig­nially pub­lished as Book Review: ‘The Exe­cu­tion of Noa P. Sin­gle­ton’ by Eliz­a­beth L. Sil­ver on Blogcritics.org

About:
The Exe­cu­tion of Noa P. Sin­gle­ton by Eliz­a­beth L. Sil­ver is a novel about our cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment sys­tem tak­ing place mostly in Philadel­phia. This is Ms. Silver’s, a lawyer who worked on death penalty cases, debut novel.

The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book -to enter fill out the Raf­fle­copt­ter form at the end of the post.

  • 320 pages
  • Pub­lisher: Crown
  • Lan­guage: English
  • ISBN-10: 038534743X

Book Review The Execution of Noa P Singleton by Elizabeth L Silver

My rat­ing for The Exe­cu­tion of Noa P. Sin­gle­ton4

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Thoughts:
The Exe­cu­tion of Noa P. Sin­gle­ton by Eliz­a­beth L. Sil­ver (web­site | Face­book | @ElizLSilver)is a thought­ful book which keeps turn­ing itself upside down with new rev­e­la­tions about the pro­tag­o­nist, antag­o­nist and sev­eral other char­ac­ters. The book is mostly nar­rated by Noa but the chap­ters end with let­ters writ­ten by the victim’s mother to her deceased daughter.

The trial scenes were fas­ci­nat­ing and the selec­tion of the jury was hilar­i­ous. But best of all, the book made you think, not only about the nature of the death penalty but about the judi­cial sys­tem as well. Ms. Sil­ver man­aged to write a fas­ci­nat­ing book, told by an unre­li­able nar­ra­tor which man­ages to tell a fas­ci­nat­ing story in shades of gray. There are no good guys or bad guys in the story, every­one has their own demons within them, try­ing to make things right in their own head.

In each chap­ter the reader dis­cov­ers some new rev­e­la­tion about Noa and her rela­tion­ship to the sup­port­ing cast. The reader also dis­cov­ers Noa’s state of mind while on death row, her accep­tance to the sit­u­a­tion she is in and her life­long story which landed her behind bars.

The Exe­cu­tion of Noa P. Sin­gle­ton is an astute story which brings up many ques­tions about human nature and the jus­tice sys­tem. The book’s dark tones and story will stay with the reader for a while after one turns over the last page.

Syn­op­sis:
Noa P. Sin­gle­ton is await­ing exe­cu­tion for the mur­der of her father’s preg­nant girl­friend. As the months pass and her exe­cu­tion date gets closer, Noa is vis­ited by Mar­lene Dixon, mother of her victim.

Mar­lene Dixon is a pow­er­ful attor­ney, she promises Noa that if she’ll tell her why she killed her daugh­ter, she will try and get the gov­er­nor to com­mute the sen­tence from death to life in prison. But Noa has her own agenda, and Mar­lene is some­how involved.

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Give­away

  • Give­away ends: June 26, 2013

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