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Monday, 21 July 2014

Review: The Execution of Noa P Singleton

Author: Elizabeth Silver

Release date: Paperback January 2014
Genre: Modern Fiction
Target audience: Adult
Publisher: Headline

The Execution of Noa P Singleton is a story about a woman on death row, her crime and her conviction.

Noa is awaiting her death date. She is one of the few people in this world that knows exactly when she will die and by what means. It will be lethal injection on November 7th. It is ten years since she committed her crime. Noa is resigned to her death but yet another young lawyer believes he can win an appeal or at the very least get her clemency. You see the deceased’s mother has decided that the death penalty is wrong. But the relationship between Noa and the deceased’s mother is not what it first appears.

I won’t go into the plot anymore because this really is a novel with twists and turns and you need to read it without expectation to be drawn into Noa’s small cell and her mind. But I will say I never felt all that much sympathy for her character. For her predicament, yes. I do not believe in the death penalty. We abolished that in the UK years ago. Now I reflect on this book, I actually don’t think any of the characters are very likeable but of course, you see them all through Noa’s eyes.

Overall, The Execution of Noa P Singleton is a good, thrilling read. It’s full of ways that situations, actions, words can be manipulated. I got a little bored in the middle. After all, this is an account in retrospect. The action has already taken place. It’s really interested in the how and the why. But I’m glad I read it. A book which makes you think about life and death, crime and punishment, justice and injustice is always worth reading.

Source: Borrowed from the public library


Whitney Behr said...

I'm about 30% into The Execution of Noa P. Singleton and so far have found it a fast and interesting read.

I do agree with you about Noa's character, as much as I would like to have sympathy for her, Noa is so indifferent that I find it hard to. My problem is that in what I have read so far she's had a few oppurtunites to give me a reason to feel empathy of some sort but always manages to drop the ball.

Really nice review!

Becky Scott said...

Thanks for your comment Whitney. Yes, Noa is a bit too indifferent. I guess you can never know for sure how you'd react in that sort of situation but I like to think I'd fight for my right to live until my dying breath.