Profound, emotional and resonant are just a few words that come to mind. Very rarely will a novel be as deeply moving as Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. In fact, I actually had to put off writing a review for a few days because there were so many complex thoughts about the book floating around in my head.
Flashing back and forth from current day to boyhood in the 1970s, this is the tale of Silas and Larry and the unimaginable events that both made them friends and tore their friendship apart.
Larry Ott is a middle class, white boy who just doesn’t fit in and Silas “32” Jones is a poor black boy who comes to live in a shack on the furthest point of the Ott’s land. The boys become friends, but must keep this hidden from everyone including their parents. Unfortunately, even Silas turns his back on Larry when he takes a girl to the drive-in and she is never seen again.j
Twenty years after the disappearance, Silas moves to Chabot, Mississippi and becomes the Constable. Larry has never left and is feared and shunned by everyone in town. When another girl turns up missing all eyes turn to Larry. Silas doesn’t believe that Larry had anything to do with either disappearance, but without being able to prove what happened to either girl he can do nothing but keep investigating.
The truth of what happened to both girls emerges toward the end of the book, leaving the reader completely shocked and appalled.
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter will leave you questioning yourself. How would you deal with the reality of what really happened 20 years ago?
What began as a novel turned into a good look at my own integrity and compassion. Wonderfully written, unbelievably dynamic – everyone should read this book and take a close look at their own inner workings.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.