I love committing myself to big books. I crave spending hours with interesting, well-developed characters. I appreciate an author like Greg Iles, who has the patience and makes the time to create the stories that will occupy a portion of my life.
I’ve heard it said many times that an author should write what they know; Greg Iles is a southern boy, and he sets his stories, like Cemetery Road, in small-town Mississippi. I loved the closeness and smallness of Bienville, Mississippi. For all of its “southern-ness,” a person like myself, born and raised in the Northeast, was able to recognize the small-town politics and how everyone knew everyone else’s secrets. I think that when an author is so comfortable with their setting, it allows the reader to find their own familiar parts, thus allowing them to find a home in the story. Well, that’s how I felt anyway.
There were times while listening to Cemetery Road that I was a little bit annoyed or put off. At times I felt like the story was a product placement for The Ford Motor Company. But like all relationships, it’s never perfect all of the time. The story was exciting, interesting, and I always wanted to get back into it.
Cemetery Road is a commitment – six hundred and eight pages in the hardcover, or twenty-four hours in the Audible (which is what I did). Greg Iles kept my attention throughout with the twists, turns, and sometimes convoluted scenarios. I often thought that the characters’ lives seemed too intertwined, but then I remembered my own small town. Keep it real!
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