Long Black Veil: Review

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

My Rating: 3/5
Released: April 11, 2017.

After a tight-knit group of friends experience a bizarre tragedy at the beginning of their promising adulthoods they separate, unable to shake that life-changing evening. When evidence is found 40 years later that makes the tragedy a murder the group finds themselves reunited on the other side of their careers and personal lives to discover what happened that strange night.

With a handful of deeply interesting characters, Judith being the most fleshed out and provoking, this novel has a great deal of potential. However, it seems unable to settle on a storyline. Half the novel is the struggle Judith has with her identity and place in the world. The other half is an almost farcical murder mystery. I found myself wishing the story had gone one way or the other. At times, again, especially where Judith is involved, the tale is moving and relevant and, for my part, I’d have happily read a book just about her without the mysterious circumstances. Wonderful to read fiction with a transgender character.

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