Monday 15 August 2011

Review 0 Mississippi Trial, 1995 by Chris Crowe

Mississippi Trial, 1955Mississippi Trial, 1955 by Chris Crowe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a great piece of historical fiction. When I read the review for this I knew I would like it, I love a time to kill and it reminded me of that. A great story that you can learn a bit of history from is a great way for people to learn who don't always hold info reading historical texts.

The story is based mainly on Hiram visiting his grandfather in a small town in Mississippi, a town he loves and remembers fondly. But going back as a teenager shows the town in a very different light from when he was a child. Racism and segregation are in every corner and when a young black boy is murdered Hiram finds himself in the middle of the court case and finding out truths that change his whole outlook in life and his relationships.

The beginning is slow going as it builds up the picture of Hirams family unit but this is important as it reflects hugely on the book and his character when he goes back to visit as a teenager and shows the contrast in how the town is to him now.

It doesn't go into too many nasty details but paints a very vivid and haunting picture that kept me hooked until the last page, 4out of 5 for me.

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