Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Bitter River-Julia Keller

Bitter River-Julia Keller
the facts
satisfaction: up/side
pages: 400
gender: F
nationality: USA
year: 2013
novel
Bell Elkins is a prosecuting attorney in a small West Virginian town. Her personal life has all sorts of entanglements and she has to figure what happened to Lucinda Trimble, who was found pregnant and dead in the town river.

I enjoyed the small town. Keller captures the incestuous entanglements and stand-offishness of a small town. Everyone knows everyone and their business but self-interest means that even if everyone knows something is wrong, they won't help (or maybe I'm as bitter as the river in this title). This novel though is about Bell Elkins. She is an interesting protagonist and the focus is definitely on developing her as a character. This is less of a murder mystery and more of a character study as even her investigations into the murder are merely background to Acker's Gap, the town, and Bell's relationships with the people around her. Not that this is a bad thing, mind you, merely that Lucinda's mystery is almost solved without you noticing it.

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