Stephan Lee
June 07, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Execution Of Noa P. Singleton

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Elizabeth L. Silver
publisher
Crown
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

Six months before her execution day — or ”X-day,” as she calls it — Noa P. Singleton gets a visit from Marlene, the mother of the woman Noa was found guilty of murdering a decade earlier, in The Execution of Noa P. Singleton. Even though Marlene, a powerful attorney, did everything she could to put Noa on death row, she’s had a sudden change of heart: She’ll petition to save Noa’s life in return for an explanation for why she killed her daughter. Like the narrators in recent best-sellers Gone Girl and The Dinner, Noa is endlessly complex and impossible to trust. Don’t try to outsmart her — you can’t. Just let her manipulate, shock, and maybe even move you. A-

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