Skip to main content

Review: Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found

Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found by Gilbert King
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I'll start by saying that this is more of a 2.5 than a true 2. However, Goodreads still refuses to allow half stars so I rounded down.

I'm rating it so low because of the awful and tedious writing. How this author has won any awards for writing is beyond me. After the first chapter, the next 100 pages are completely skippable. For whatever reason, we're treated to a lot of random information and history, including an in-depth detailing of the citrus farming industry, which has no real bearing on the plot. This citrus industry thread is bizarrely commented on throughout the book, which makes me think maybe I have missed something but I can't imagine what.

Once we get about halfway into the book, it gets a bit more focused, but still goes on random tangents. It often reminded me of how Peter Griffin in Family Guy has a tendency to go off on a long, random non sequitur. However, while it's funny in that situation, it's just annoying in this book. I found myself looking for dates in long passages and just skimming if it happened decades prior to the date of the crime.

There are a ton of people to keep track of, but that's not really a complaint as this is based on a true story. A "Cast of Characters" may have been helpful in the front of the book.

With my grievances aired, the saving grace of this book (and why I didn't completely abandon it) was the real life conspiracy. It's a fascinating look at the miscarriage of justice and racism in the not too distant past.

The story could have totally held its own and it's a shame that the author felt the need to overstuff this book with so many random side plots.

My best advice for this book is to completely skip it and just do a Google search for the case instead. You'll probably find more detailed and coherent information and not waste 400 pages on learning about random information.

If you're insistent on reading the book, I recommend a skimming strategy for some of the more boring parts. This is also just my opinion, so feel free to disregard entirely.

View all my reviews


Popular posts from this blog

Review: Shadow Ridge

  Shadow Ridge by M.E. Browning December 1-31, 2020 Tour Synopsis: Death is one click away when a string of murders rocks a small Colorado town in the first mesmerizing novel in M. E. Browning’s A Jo Wyatt Mystery series. Echo Valley, Colorado, is a place where the natural beauty of a stunning river valley meets a budding hipster urbanity. But when an internet stalker is revealed to be a cold-blooded killer in real life the peaceful community is rocked to its core. It should have been an open-and-shut case: the suicide of Tye Horton, the designer of a cutting-edge video game. But Detective Jo Wyatt is immediately suspicious of Quinn Kirkwood, who reported the death. When Quinn reveals an internet stalker is terrorizing her, Jo is skeptical. Doubts aside, she delves into the claim and uncovers a link that ties Quinn to a small group of beta-testers who had worked with Horton. When a second member of the group dies in a car accident, Jo’s investigation leads her to the

Review: Curious Minds

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich My rating: 3 of 5 stars I read this book after reading the second book in the series. While I like the second book better than this book, the interactions between Knight and Moon are still awwsme. As the leads, they have a certain chemistry that is both flirty and exasperating for Moon. Nonetheless, they manage to work together effectively to try and solve the case. I do feel that the plot little weak but that is not the main reason I read these. The story does remind me of a great action film and I could see it as an even better film adaptation. Although I like the second book better, I do still recommend this book. View all my reviews

Review: Mercy Creek

Mercy Creek by M.E. Browning October 11 - November 5, 2021 Tour Synopsis: In an idyllic Colorado town, a young girl goes missing—and the trail leads into the heart and mind of a remorseless killer. The late summer heat in Echo Valley, Colorado turns lush greenery into a tinder dry landscape. When a young girl mysteriously disappears, long buried grudges rekindle. Of the two Flores girls, Marisa was the one people pegged for trouble. Her younger sister, Lena, was the quiet daughter, dutiful and diligent—right until the moment she vanished. Detective Jo Wyatt is convinced the eleven-year-old girl didn’t run away and that a more sinister reason lurks behind her disappearance. For Jo, the case is personal, reaching far back into her past. But as she mines Lena’s fractured family life, she unearths a cache of secrets and half-lies that paints a darker picture. As the evidence mounts, so do the suspects, and when a witness steps forward with a shocking new revelation, Jo