Official description: The American South in the twenty-first century. A plantation owned for generations by a rich family. So much history. And a dead body.My opinion: Overall this was a good, entertaining read, but I wish it was better written. I would have liked to have seen the 2 stories, past and present, more entwined or at least more connected. There were also some typos and some weird time lapses. It seemed like one day it was Wednesday, 4 days after an event, and then in the next chapter the characters referred to the event as happening "yesterday." Maybe it was just me, but it seemed off. Also, the major climactic event at the end seemed to have one of those mixed up time sequences. I was thinking, "Huh? How is it possible that...." just because of the timing.
Just after dawn, Caren walks the grounds of Belle Vie, the historic plantation house in Louisiana that she has managed for four years. Today she sees nothing unusual, apart from some ground that has been dug up by the fence bordering the sugar can fields. Assuming an animal has been out after dark, she asks the gardener to tidy it up. Not long afterwards, he calls her to say it's something else. Something terrible. A dead body. At a distance, she missed her. The girl, the dirt and the blood. Now she has police on site, an investigation in progress, and a member of staff no one can track down. And Caren keeps uncovering things she will wish she didn't know. As she's drawn into the dead girl's story, she makes shattering discoveries about the future of Belle Vie, the secrets of its past, and sees, more clearly than ever, that Belle Vie, its beauty, is not to be trusted.
A magnificent, sweeping story of the south, The Cutting Season brings history face-to-face with modern America, where Obama is president, but some things will never change. Attica Locke once again provides an unblinking commentary on politics, race, the law, family and love, all within a thriller every bit as gripping and tragic as her first novel, Black Water Rising.
I did enjoy the mystery and was in suspense in several scenes. The old plantation made a great mystery setting, especially at night. I recommend this book to those who enjoy a mystery that also contains a lot of character development.
Why I gave this book 3/5 stars: Interesting mystery, somewhat disjointed
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