Black Water Rising – Attica Locke

I started this book shortly after I finished Wolf Hall as part of an Orange Prize Shortlist reading challenge.  Since Wolf Hall took me almost forever, I waited to see how long this book would take me to read..less than 24 hours ! Wow!

Jay and his pregnant wife are on a semi romantic cruise ( or at least that is what Jay was aiming for) along the river in Houston, Texas., when all of a sudden they hear shots and a woman screaming, a splash in the water that looks like thick oil.  Jay gets the owner of the boat to go closer to where they heard the sounds, where Jay suddenly jumps into the water to find a small skinny woman wearing designer clothes, wet, scared, and not saying a word.

They drop her off at the police station.  But, Jay begins to think since he is a personal lawyer (not a rich one) what was it that made that woman jump into the water, was anyone else hurt, but Jay’s wife who is heavily pregnant tells him to forget about it and move on with their lives.  But something keeps nagging at him, until he starts unravelling the whole truth about it all.

But, then, his own past comes up as well – being a demonstrator, being charged for a crime during one of the most tumultuous times in American History – getting racial equality.

This book had me glued to it from the beginning to the end, and even then I wanted to know more about Jay, his life, what would happen next.  I was so engrossed in this book, I brought it with me to the store, reading as I walked it was that good.  The narrative combined many important and life changing events worldwide which was interesting.


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