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

June 19, 2013
Article orignially published as Book Review: ‘The Execution of Noa P. Singleton’ by Elizabeth L. Silver on

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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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.

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 ends: June 26, 2013

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TLC Book Tour for The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver:

Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I got this book for free from TLC Book Tours.
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  • CarlJune 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks for the news about Big Brother this morning, Zohar. totally made my day. And now you come up with an equally brilliant book. Even though it seems greedy, I can’t resist entering. Muchas gracias!

  • Heather J. @ TLC Book ToursJune 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Wow, this sounds like a powerful story. I can see why you say it will stick with readers.

    Thanks for being on the tour. I’m featuring your review on TLC’s Facebook page today.

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