I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy
Published by Dutton on June 2nd, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Mystery, Southern
Source: complimentary review copy
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There’s an old wives tale/superstition that if a young girl looks down a well she will see the face of her future husband. In a 1952 small Kentucky town, that belief is taken to extremes. At exactly midnight, on the half-birthday between a girl’s 15th and 16th year, each girl in this small town looks down a well while most of the town looks on. It is a celebratory event and one greatly anticipated by most girls. For Annie Holleran, the half-birthday she expected and what actually occurred are vastly different. Annie has the “know-how” just like her grandmother and her real mother, Aunt Juna. Annie lives in fear her real mother will return after disappearing 15 1/2 years prior and after accusing the oldest Baine boy of raping her, fathering the baby that became Annie, and of disappearing Juna’s younger brother.
With the passages devoted to tobacco farming and lavender harvesting, Let Me Die in His Footsteps is infused with atmosphere. Strong on southern gothic elements as evidenced with Aunt Juna’s “evil” black eye color. The writing is solid; Roy has infused the novel with enough melancholy to allow the reader to feel immersed in the story while the mystery kept me guessing til the end.
What ‘old wives tales’ or superstitions did you hear growing up? or even still use to this day?
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