Monday, June 23, 2014

Guest Book Reviewer- Reeca Elliott

I am delighted to have Reeca Elliott here today! She is reviewing Natchez Burning by Greg Isles! Thanks Reeca for being here !

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles

Overview:An American writer at the height of his creative powers, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist Greg Iles returns with his most eagerly anticipated book yet, and his first in five years—Natchez Burning, the first installment in an epic trilogy that weaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present into a mesmerizing thriller featuring southern mayor and former prosecutor Penn Cage.Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor and pillar of the community has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Once a crusading prosecutor, Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.
Reeca's Review:
There are so many aspects to this novel and I have no idea how to begin. This is an amazing book! You would think, with close to 800 pages, you would have a lull in the action. That never happened.
I fell in love with Penn Cage several books ago and that love affair is still going strong. Penn is one of the best characters in literature, to date. And this novel shows him in a very human light. He makes many mistakes and choices for all the right reasons. His father, Dr. Tom Cage, is compared to Atticus Finch and that is exactly how I pictured him. Dr. Cage is a very prominent character with a plot that surrounds him like a fog. Mr. Iles did not reveal all there is to know about this modern day Atticus and I can’t wait for the next installment of this trilogy. (A whole year from now!! Dang!!!)
The feelings surrounding civil rights era are so powerful and Iles portrays that throughout this novel. The more I read, the more I realized how far we have come and how far we have to go. The plot is complex and the action never stops. I was enthralled from start to finish!
Being a Mississippi girl, I am so proud of this Mississippi author. His writing is very unique and just downright brilliant.
5 out of 5 stars…HECK!!..10 out of 10 stars!!!
I have met Greg Iles on several occasions at Square Books in Oxford, MS. He is a very nice, smart and eloquent man. I would love to just sit down and have a chat…..maybe someday!



  1. I'd love to read this series. Hopefully, you will get to chat with the author.

  2. I'm still working on this series. One of these days I'll be all caught up. Great review Reeca!


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