My book club‘s October selection and my first Attica Locke title…definitely not my last.
Recently finished the sequel and realized I never reviewed this after listening to it on a road trip last summer! This book got me hooked on Attica Locke. It‘s a story as old as time here in the south; two murders possibly related and potentially racially charged. The story that unfolds is full of twists and turns, including some very messy but convincing family ties and drama. Highly atmospheric mystery with great narration by JD Jackson!
·.·´¯`·.· 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 ·.·´¯`·.·
Have been anxious to read 𝐁𝐥𝐮𝐞𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐝, 𝐁𝐥𝐮𝐞𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐝 by 𝐀𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚 𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐞, so was delighted to receive a copy via Novel Suspects! I'm spending Saturday night reading book #50 of 2022. After carpal tunnel surgery on Mon., it's uncomfortable to use the computer keyboard so reviews will have to wait a bit.
𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘦𝘯𝘫𝘰𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘬𝘦𝘯𝘥?
Thanks & appreciation to the programs listed for graciously providing copies of 3 books I plan to enjoy while on vacation:
📒𝐈𝐜𝐞 𝐎𝐮𝐭 by 𝘚𝘶𝘴𝘢𝘯 𝘚𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘻𝘢 (Book Sparks)
📗𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 by 𝘈𝘥𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘔𝘤𝘒𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘺 (Novel Suspects)
📘𝐁𝐥𝐮𝐞𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐝, 𝐁𝐥𝐮𝐞𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐝 by 𝘈𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘢 𝘓𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘦 (Novel Suspects)
Do you have any trips planned this summer? Destination? What books will you be reading?
Wow this was fast and good!
Lots of interesting and often damaged characters with a mystery in the middle. Great for anyone who likes a cop drama or who-done-it. The writing is solid and storyline is realistic and pacing good.
This was a great novel. I didn't think the mystery itself was the greatest, but the way it was packaged and the story it served was excellent.
With his job in jeopardy, a black Texas Ranger investigates the deaths of a black man & a white woman in East Texas, where tensions are high. Are they connected? What, if any, role did race play in their deaths? What will our Ranger learn & reveal about himself & his state during the investigation?
I‘m visiting my dad in California and brought the tagged book for his partner. I got it out of a #LFL and passed it on to her; I‘m currently reading the sequel. Attica Locke has created a complex MC in Darren Mathews. I especially appreciate her depiction of his toxic relationship with his emotionally abusive mother, having some secondhand experience with this myself. #summerreading
I began this book on audio in March, listening with my mom when we drive somewhere together. Just finished it today. I thought this was an excellent atmospheric mystery. The characters felt full and compelling. The story was hard at times, but I think true to life with the complexity of racism, small town and events that feel unreal but are all to real. Highly recommend the audio.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The mystery was intriguing and I loved the fallible protagonist. The story really captured me and I appreciated all the classic blues references. The book delved into good points about race issues. I thought it was incredible all around for the themes it touched on and how well it was written. It was my first Attica Locke book and I look forward to more.
Darren, a Texas Ranger, while doing his job will also fight with racism in that agency & State. It was so good. It was like watching an episode in front of my tv. Sometimes I found that past & present events were not well integrated and I got a little confused but never decrease my interest to continue reading it. Waiting for 2nd book because that end...you need to know... 3.75/3.8⭐️ #BookSpin @TheAromaOfBooks
Thanks @Chrissyreadit for this book
I‘m not sure why I didn‘t finish this the first time I had it out from the library. Probably my usual too many books and not paying attention to due dates! Anyway, I‘m glad I finally did. Sad story, written well.
Texas in the blue (read) column. Green means TBR. Red means I‘m still looking for a book. Gold means I have my own copy of the book and will try to read those first. #50states #mysteries
Today‘s attire and reading material.
This was a (mostly) strong beginning to a new series & I've already ordered the next one. I say mostly because the story took a while to get going but once it did I was fully caught up in learning what was happening in Lark, Texas. One other caveat: Darren is dealing with so much, internally & externally, that the situation with his mother at the end seemed like one thing too many & nearly kept me from wanting to read the next one.
Well written mystery about a black Texas Ranger investigating a hate çrime no one will call a hate çrime. The small town relations and the way the law operates differently depending on the identity of the victim was well depicted. That said, it was depressing. Definitely a good book club pick as it will give people something to talk about (and think about if they're white and living in a privilege bubble and unaware of institutional racism).
I expected more from this book after reading all of the raves, but after realizing this was not going to be a 5 star read for me I was able to settle in and enjoy it for what it was- a well written book with an amazing sense of place and a solid story. I enjoyed and very much plan to read the sequel it but I just wasn‘t blown away by it.
This book was just what I needed right now.
We meet Texas Ranger Darren Mathews as he‘s being questioned in a case he has gotten himself involved with that can threaten his job.
Once in the area, he gets a tip from a friend in the FBI about two murders, one African-American male and a white girl.
I‘ve already put myself on the hold for the second book.
This was a well done mystery, Darren Matthews is a Texas Ranger who gets involved in solving the case of a murder in Lark in Shelby County TX. This story is well.laid out, with lots of little pieces to keep you intrigued about how all the characters and prices of the puzzle fit together.
Looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
Online Bookclub and readings with the author - 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
I loved this! Great plot, well-paced, and I loved getting to know the characters and landscape of this are an town from the point of view of Darren, a black Ranger. He investigates two murders - the mystery keeps you guessing but it‘s more about the dynamics of the small town & Darren. Attica Locke deftly shows the racism he faces when trying to do his job. All the characters ring true. Strong writing with a sense of humour. Highly recommended.
What a great, southern noir story. The setting was perfect and the descriptions of the landscape were so vivid. I loved the intertwining mysteries and the ties to the past. This story, while fiction, really highlights just how deep-rooted racism is in this country and how it destroys families and communities. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Crime fiction rife with racial tension and complicated family dynamics, this book races along and kept me guessing. It was my first Attica Locke. Her main character Darren, a Texas Ranger, is living his own complicated story while trying to solve two murders in rural bayou Texas. I didn‘t always like his choices, but I rooted for him the whole way through.
This was my #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks