I love fiction. For so many reasons. One being that fiction can bring about topics and issues in a different way than a documentary or nonfiction book would (although I highly recommend those). This is one such book.
I loved that the author decided to write about such a story. A story about Death Row, the relationships we hold most dear and dealing with the past. Pisel deals with heavy topics, but in an engaging way. She was also able to keep me guessing on key parts of the story. The development of our two main characters was another strong piece of the book.
There were things I didn’t expect that came into play and a story like this forces the reader to think about what it is like for men and women on death row. After reading books like Just Mercy and watching 13th, this provided another view point worth thinking about.
What’s fiction novel that made you think about a social issue?
(This book was published by Putnam, and Imprint of Penguin Random House)
ABOUT THE BOOK
Grace Bradshaw knows the exact minute she will die. On death row for murdering her infant son, her last breath will be taken on February 15 at 12:01 a.m. Eleven years, five months, and twenty-seven days separate her from the last time she heard her precious daughter’s voice and the final moment she’d heard anyone call her Mom. Out of appeals, she can focus on only one thing—reconnecting with her daughter and making sure she knows the truth.
Secrets lurk behind Sophie Logan’s big house and even bigger bank account. Every day when she kisses her husband good-bye, she worries her fabricated life is about to come crumbling down. No one knows the unforgivable things her mother did to tear her family apart—not her husband, who is a prominent plastic surgeon, or her “synthetic” friends who live in her upscale neighborhood.
Grace’s looming execution date forces Sophie to revisit the traumatic events that haunted her childhood. When she returns to her hometown, she discovers new evidence about her baby brother William’s death seventeen years ago—proof that might set her mother free but shatter her marriage forever.
Sophie must quickly decide if her mother is the monster the prosecutor made her out to be or the loving mother she remembers—the one who painted her toenails glittery pink and plastered Post-it notes with inspiring quotes (“100 percent failure rate if you don’t try”) all over Sophie’s bathroom mirror—before their time runs out.