Tuesday, June 03, 2014
"Snapshot" by Lis Wiehl ~ Book Review
I really enjoyed this murder mystery. The photograph on the cover of the book is an actual photo of the author herself when she was three. That she built the story around that photograph and based it on real events and her father's own G-man career and his involvement in the investigation of Kennedy's murder and her own knowledge and background as a former federal prosecutor made the book seem very appealing when I read and purchased it. She wove in some history from the civil rights movement in the South and built a page turning story that is also thought provoking and touching.
The main story centers around proving the African American man who is on death row , a man who has spent the majority of his life in prison for murder, is actually innocent of the crime. Then the author weaves in father-daughter relational issues, racial prejudice, secrets, forgiveness, and justice into an exciting story. I really enjoyed the mystery within a mystery that the author put in with presidential cabinet that holds a clue. The path that the author took me on from a photograph in the '60's and using modern techniques and available tools such as the internet to find connections was really interesting. There were actually two father daughter story lines, which I thought was really worthy of note in their comparisons. Her exploration of the two father-daughter relationships was a touching and thought provoking aspect to the fast paced mystery part of the story and, I thought, well done. I also liked how the antagonist and his family history was also developed. It really added to the story. I know it seems like there were many story lines within the book but the author wove it together so well and everything fit and didn't seem unnecessary to the story. Just a small note, because it is a murder mystery there are a couple of grisly descriptions, so if you are squeamish about that, those parts can easily be skimmed over. This was a very interesting page turning read. It was my first book by this author and I'm glad I picked it up.