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Long Black Veil: A Novel af Jennifer Finney…

Long Black Veil: A Novel (original 2017; udgave 2017)

af Jennifer Finney Boylan (Forfatter)

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When the body of a college friend is discovered twenty years after her disappearance, Judith, the only witness who can testify to the innocence of the chief suspect, is forced to confront dark secrets from her past that compromise the healthy life she has built for her family.
Titel:Long Black Veil: A Novel
Forfattere:Jennifer Finney Boylan (Forfatter)
Info:Crown (2017), 304 pages
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Long Black Veil af Jennifer Finney Boylan (2017)


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I started out enjoying the story, and got wrapped up in the mystery pretty well, but the ending didn't really do it for me. Without giving much away, part of the book spends time in the past and part catches up in the present; I much preferred the mystery of the past to the resolution of the present. ( )
  bah | Nov 9, 2020 |

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This is an amazing book that surprised in many ways. Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan is extremely well-written, has strong characters, and an ending I could only hope for! This is a tough review to write simply because I don’t want to spoil anything, but the best things I want to talk about might be considered spoilers.

The mystery at the crux of the story is a simple one, and perhaps because it is so simple, we never really see it coming. All is revealed to the reader midway through the book, which is a good thing because the heart of this novel doesn’t lie in solving the mystery. The heart of this novel lies in piecing these people together. In watching them struggle to overcome what happened, stutter, fail, and then try again. Only after everything has been brought to light is there any hope of moving forward.

There are slight suggestions to spoilers here as I will briefly touch upon the ending. I was worried, given what unfolds in the book, that the ending would be one we see all too often. A trope that I hate with a passion that befalls characters like Judith, where they are denied happy endings and used as a means of self-reflection for other….. ‘mainstream’ characters. Boylan definitely teases that this is the way it will end, that we will get that predictable ending so many characters like Judith meet in ‘mainstream’ fiction, but thanks to every deity, we don’t get that. We get a good ending. Perhaps some cynics will say it was too saccharine considering the events of the book, but I disagree, and would argue that those readers possibly missed the point. The point of the mystery, the point of the novel. That holding onto hate, to darkness, to secrets, will poison and consume you, will lead you to darker roads you might not be able to turn away from. Yet, if you persevere, you face the truth, and are willing to accept the same in others, then yes, good things are possible.

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan is an extremely well-written novel that draws its suspense not primarily from the mystery, but from the interpersonal relationships between old friends and former selves; the struggle for self-acceptance for ALL of the characters.

// I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this title. // ( )
  heylu | Jan 8, 2020 |
There is something dangerous about hearing an author speak about their work - their personality is imprinted on your mind and you risk reading them into the book more than they intended and they may create expectations that are hard to live up to. -- You may have guessed that I've heard Jennifer Boylan speak. Thankfully, Boylan is a pro and gave an entertaining talk without giving too much away. The points she hit upon, the questions she raised about the work, are present in the pages of 'Long Black Veil' and therefore available to any reader. I've never read any of her other work, but this is apparently her first piece of fiction written for adults in twenty years.

On a dark night in 1980 six recent college grads, a younger sibling, and a professor wind up beneath the walls of Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary, closed eight years before. The door is open so they go inside. The innocent exploration turns terrible when one of their friends vanishes. The survivors are each scarred by what happened that night. 25 years later a body is found and Jon Casey is the prime suspect for the murder. It appears that only one person can vouch for his innocence. The only problem is, is that he's dead. A witness does exist, however: Judith, a wife and mother and writer in rural Maine, must wrestle with her personal demons and risk everything to be able to come forward and save Jon's life.

The bones, har har, of the novel are that of a thriller, but Boylan has created something much more satisfying then that. This is about romance and haunting and identity. Judith reminisces about he youthful infatuations and the fear that kept it at bay, the shadow of her past and what happened to her and her friends, and what makes her her. There is a large cast of characters and they don't all get the star treatment a reader might crave, but being as the story centers on the essential impenetrability of other people's inner selves, do these characters need more of their quirks labeled for the novel to succeed? Sue me if I'm side-stepping an issue that I usually spend a lot of time wringing my hands over, but the bottom line is that I couldn't stop reading this and shamelessly ignored many other books on my table to finish it as fast as I could. That counts as an unqualified success. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This book is not what you might expect from reading the synopsis. It's not a murder mystery or thriller but rather a character study. Someone goes missing but the question is of exactly who is missing is the larger question.

It's a novel about friendship, testing the bounds of that friendship and life. I have to admit that I found it a little slow as a read ( )
  BooksCooksLooks | Sep 11, 2018 |
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I received this book for free in exchange for a review. The author's other work that I've read - a novel written before her gender transition and a memoir about her actual transition- was good, and I had high hopes. The summary sounded like a creepy mystery surrounding a disappearance in an abandoned prison. Unfortunately, if that's what you think this book is really about, you are going to be just as disappointed as I was. The disappearance becomes a tiny thread, lost in a giant blanket of identity issues and depressing characters. The reveal of what happened to the missing person is tossed in like an afterthought somewhere around the middle of the book, then back to the blanket. I get that they wanted a summary without spoilers, but it seemed like they turned the only non-spoiler into a bait-and-switch. I have no problem reading about gender and identity and transsexual characters. I do have a problem thinking I'm losing myself in something spooky and twisty, and then wind up wasting two hours in depression-land. I would still recommend her other work, but this was misleading and disappointing. ( )
  grammarchick | Apr 9, 2018 |
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