2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 3 books toward her goal of 245 books.

Book Review: The Necklace by Matt Witten

Oh. My. Goodness! I was immediately pulled into the story by the excellent writing – which is crisp and No Holds Barred. When I realized the age and circumstances of the death of the child in the story, frankly I almost put the book down. I have a seven-year-old daughter, and there were times when reading this book was incredibly difficult. But I am so glad I persevered…

Witten has done a phenomenal job with this novel. He raises issues of guilt and innocence and trust and loss in a way that is thought-provoking and bald-faced without ever feeling voyeuristic or antagonistic. I found the story arc to be well-paced and plotted and his characters to be fully human – for good and for ill.

Despite the horrific nature of the crime underlying the story, I found this to be a thoroughly engaging novel that I simply couldn’t put down – I read it in a day!

Thanks to NetGalley for my obligation-free review copy.

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2 comments to Book Review: The Necklace by Matt Witten

  • Hi Jill-Elizabeth,

    Thank you so much for your review. I’m glad you liked The Necklace! When writing the novel, I kept focusing on: this isn’t a novel about the crime exactly, it’s a novel about one mother’s bravery and heroic journey. I’m so glad – and relieved! – that this comes through.

    Good luck with your writing!


    Matt Witten

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