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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (June 11 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038534743X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385347433
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on July 3 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Execution of Noa P. Singleton is Elizabeth L. Silver's debut novel.

Silver grabs the reader's attention from the opening pages....

..."you must choose one way of life or the other. Victor or victim. And when you do, the fear drips away as seamlessly as a river drains into an ocean. For me, it happened on January, 2003. "I was lucid, attentive, mentally sound, and pumped with a single cup of decaffeinated Lemon Zinger tea when I pulled the trigger."

....and simply doesn't let us go.

Noa is sitting on death row, convicted of a crime that is only slowly unravelled and exposed chapter by chapter. Or is it? Noa is not a reliable story teller. Does she have a faulty memory or is it just selective? Is she choosing to lie and prevaricate or can she not remember what is fact and what is fiction? As her execution date draws near and a young lawyer seeks to help her, she recounts her life and the path that led her to the cell she now sits in.

Initially I found Noa quite unlikeable. My opinion changed many times over the course of the book as more is revealed. But again, it is hard to discern what is real versus what truth Noa wants us to see or accept. The addition of letters from the victim's mother sent my emotions and thoughts spinning in yet another direction.

But is she herself victim or victor? The other characters are just as complex as Noa in their recountings and motives. Silver brilliantly explores relationships in this dark psychological tale. She also provides a commentary on the legal system and the death penalty that is sure to spark discussion. (Silver is an attorney)

Silver masterfully plays with the reader in this debut. I was kept off-kilter and unsettled as the countdown continued to X-day.
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By Effie Rankin on June 4 2014
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I wondered about the extremely low price offered on this book but this was my first purchase on my new Kindle-so I read the preview. From that, I knew it would be satisfactory--but it turned out to be excellent. A book that will be read more than once.
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All throughout this novel, my opinion swayed from liking it to not really liking it. In the end, I found it hard to relate to or like any of the characters and the story left me feeling flat.
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