I didn't enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed Oliver's Delirium trilogy. The two main characters in this book were likable though. I listened to this book in the audio version and wasn't crazy about the different voices the person used. I may have liked the book better had I read it in text form. The relationship struggles felt realistic. The book discussed difficult issues including homelessness, drug addiction, neglect, trauma, and high-risk behaviors. I was pleased with the ending of the book.
It seems amazing that I’ve never heard of this string of attacks and murders in Austin, although I seem to recall hearing of the legend of the mysterious woman in white (apparently the ghost of the murdered Eula) when I was a student at UT. Or maybe from my visits to my grandparents in Austin as a kid?
The author does an excellent job of presenting the events and his research findings objectively. The narrative is not at all dry – it’s engaging while paying the reader the compliment of avoiding sensationalism and emotional manipulation. I was as fascinated by the story of historical Austin, its people and growth and politics and race relations, as I was by the mystery of the attacks. The insight into the process (and limits) of 19th century forensics, law enforcement, and justice, was compelling as well.
Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. Clint Jordan provides an excellent performance with an authentic regional voice, although his mispronunciation of a few place names was a little distracting. For example, Seguin is “suh-GEEN”, not “SEG-win”. The author reads the afterword in his own voice, which is even more authentically, delightfully, regional.
I gave the hardcover copy to my Dad for his birthday. The bound copy is full of goodies, like maps and photos, and contains a reference index. My dad, a native Austinite, is also a history buff who particularly loves the late 1800s, and was so delighted with this book that he also sent a copy to his brother.
It was hard to see how this story could have a happy ending. Katherine's PTSD was so extreme, and I know this does not go away fast, if at all. Because of the time that passed through this story, I grew to love the grumpy but loving Nico who did what he could to help Katherine. I had to keep turning pages to see how they made it to the other side of this disorder. As the story progressed, I enjoyed it more. I recommend this story highly.
I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.