The Necklace, Matt Witten

Things haven’t been easy for Susan; it never is when you lose a child. She’s barely scraping by, but she is determined to be at the execution of the man who murdered her daughter. It is through that determination that the story unfolds. Told in alternating timelines, The Necklace is a book that hooks the reader from the start.

Witten draws the reader into Susan’s plight because she’s been through so much but is strong and determined. While I felt the scenes around the trial were a bit weak, they still conveyed the seriousness of what occurred. It makes Susan’s motivation palpable. I didn’t make a ton of notes while reading, which happens when I get drawn into a book and don’t want distractions. The Necklace is a page-turner, making it near impossible to put down; a super fun read. Thank you, Matt, for reaching out to me, and Oceanview Publishing, for sending this along!

Read this review on Goodreads and Bookbub.

The Necklace is available for preorder on Amazon for $11.49, it releases September 7th.

About the Book:

The clock ticks down in a heart-pounding crusade for justice

Susan Lentigo’s daughter was murdered twenty years ago—and now, at long last, this small-town waitress sets out on a road trip all the way from Upstate New York to North Dakota to witness the killer’s execution.

On her journey she discovers shocking new evidence that leads her to suspect the condemned man is innocent—and the real killer is still free. Even worse, her prime suspect has a young daughter who’s at terrible risk. With no money and no time to spare, Susan sets out to uncover the truth before an innocent man gets executed and another little girl is killed.

But the FBI refuses to reopen the case. They—and Susan’s own mother—believe she’s just having an emotional breakdown. Reaching deep, Susan finds an inner strength she never knew she had. With the help of two unlikely allies—a cynical, defiant teenage girl and the retired cop who made the original arrest—Susan battles the FBI to put the real killer behind bars. Will she win justice for the condemned man—and her daughter—at last?


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