“This real-life crime novel is sure to thrill you, loved by our reviewer.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
I have a friend with a remarkable superpower. She has a knack for knowing which books I will love to read – despite them being nothing like my usual reading matter. She hands them to me almost negligently saying “you’ll enjoy this” – and she’s right every time. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is one such book.
The novel has a powerful and atmospheric feel, and is populated with some seriously bizarre, quirky, and belligerent characters which make it compulsive reading. [It also makes you want to visit Savannah – but that’s by the by].
The received wisdom is that it is based on real events which happened in the 80’s. However, whilst it does describe and tell about the norm, it has a slightly surreal feel to it as well.