Review: The Gone Dead | Chanelle Benz

The Delta is small minded and broken, and everyone who could fix it leaves.

Book Info

Genre: Thriller
Number of Pages: 295
Perspective: Third Person
Location: Mississippi Delta

In The Gone Dead, when Billie James’ father passed, she inherited his house in Mississippi. When she returned to the small town, she uncovered nasty secrets and racism still brewing. For a complete summary, you can go here.

Book Review

TL;DR: A lackluster story about ongoing racism in the South.

Rating: 2/5

Full Review: I think what really messed up my opinion on this book is that it was labeled as a thriller. My book club chose it for our October book, so that combined with the cover and title led me to believe it would be a ghost story. Oh, I was so wrong.

The main hook for the mystery ended up being a dud. The focus was really more on racism and the KKK. I wouldn’t classify that as a mystery or thriller. It was actually pretty slow-paced and lacked any sort of excitement that could be confused for “thrilling”. Maybe it was classified in those genres since it is not clear what else it could be. It wasn’t historical fiction but wasn’t quite contemporary either. It definitely wasn’t well written enough to be literary.

Also, there were way too many characters. Some of them were introduced, such as the main character’s cousin, only to be hardly mentioned ever again. It would have been better to drop the subplots and keep the story moving at a faster pace. Even the main characters were boring and I didn’t end up getting a clear picture of any of them.

Honestly, if it hadn’t been a library copy, I would have thrown this book across the room when I finished. The only reason why I marked it as 2 stars instead of 1 is that I think some people may find the social commentary aspect intriguing and it is by far not the worst book I have ever read. At least I could finish it (though begrudgingly). If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!

My Rating

2 star 2019

White people have invented their fears about us and tried their damn best to make them true, but our fears about white people have always been real.

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