Saturday, June 3, 2017

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Long Black Veil started out more in the horror genre, but moved quickly to a mystery. While there are a lot of twists it was quite a let-down after the tense beginning. The story revolves around an incident that happened to a group of teens when one of them disappeared. There is a definite lack of character development except for the  transexual main character . He/She is so self-absorbed that it is difficult to care much about all that is happening. The other characters fade with little information. The only thing I learned about Casey was that he was fat and liked to eat.

There were too many unresolved issues in the rather eye-rolling ending. One curiosity was the odd spelling of miao, used instead of miaow or the most common meow. It was weird and annoying, as was the character of Quentin/Judith suddenly saying Miao. (Miao is a Chinese term unrelated to cats.)

A story that started off very well, but fell into a mediocre mystery.
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