The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth Silver

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth SilverThe Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver
Published by Crown Publishing Group on 6/11/2013
Source: TLC Book Tours
Pages: 336
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Elizabeth Silver’s debut novel opens with the introduction of Noa P. Singleton waiting on death row in a Pennsylvania prison, six months prior to her scheduled execution. Ten years after her original trial and with little hope of an appeal, Noa has accepted her fate when she is unexpectedly visited by powerful lawyer Marlene Dixon. With a sudden change of heart, Marlene, the mother of Noa’s victim, has decided to work toward a clemency petition. As Noa’s execution date nears, she attempts to piece together her past to figure out who her changing circumstances will benefit and if she truly deserves forgiveness. 

As I started reading The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, I was quickly distracted by the flowery style of Silver’s writing. With strings of mismatched words, often interrupted by afterthoughts in parentheses, I felt more like Noa was writing a college admissions letter than introducing readers to her story. However, as Noa begins to detail her past, she takes on a lighter, more narrative tone that is easier to digest. 

tlc book toursSilver is quite adept at leading readers down unexpected paths and into unforeseen moral dilemmas. What I thought might be a simple examination of the American criminal justice system was actually a novel that kept me guessing to the very end. The Execution of Noa P. Singleton is a well researched, smart look at the perils of capital punishment with just enough suspense to keep readers on edge. 

  • I’ve been a curious girl about this book. (As I am about almost everything you read and review!) It sounds like this got better the further along you read.

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  • That beginning could very well make me crazy. I noticed the same type of overly complicated, flowery start when I read The Last Werewolf. Glad it smoothed out!

  • What a fun giveaway! This book is on my TBR list and I’ve heard some really great things so far. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

  • I was thinking the same thing. I’m just not into super flowery writing. I can’t say anything about the afterthoughts in parentheses though, I’m horrible about doing that myself! ;)

  • Good luck – I always hope it goes to someone who has really been wanting to read it!

  • Yeah, writing like that is just really distracting for me…once I pick it out I can’t stop noticing it. Thankfully, it seemed to calm down a bit as the novel went on.

  • Yes, exactly…it unfolded really well!

  • It really did. I was pretty apprehensive at first, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it in the end.

  • Oh am I soooo glad you reviewed this! It’s been on my radar for weeks now and I was waiting for someone to review it….now I know I definitely want to read it.

  • It seems to be getting rather mixed reviews. Some complaints seems to be with the writing, others claim to dislike Noa as a character. I don’t have problems with unlikeable characters and the novel as a whole really improves as it goes on, so it works for me!

  • Interesting that you also noted the dicey, mismatched writing (didn’t I tell you when I first started reading that it was driving me crazy?) I’m glad you stuck with it though and liked it more as you went on. I just noticed, too, that you put me on your book blog side bar. Thanks!

  • This book looks really interesting! I love fiction AND stories about crime (mafia obsession…) Thanks for the chance at this one!

  • The premise sounds a bit like John Grisham’s The Chamber which I loved and why I’m interested in reading this. Although I will say flowery prose with a mismatched writing style is a bit discouraging. I’m glad to hear you still enjoyed it though! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Thanks for being a part of the tour! I’m featuring your review on TLC’s Facebook page today.

  • It would probably be one you’d enjoy!

  • It definitely takes twists that I didn’t expect and kept me reading for sure!

  • Absolutely! :)

  • Good luck with the giveaway, it sound like you’d like it, too!

  • Thank you!