A story about this — 3 years ago
Very good read. Capote’s writing style is instantly compelling, he use of imagery is superb and he treats the characters with honesty and respect (the killers, the victims, and all other players). He is successful in never letting you forget that this was an actual occurrence without it becoming overly stylized or preachy.
The reality of the story was an ever present filter for me while I read this book. I have found myself more than once sitting up at night during the course of this week feeling fearful of bumps and groans in my house. In fact, I am up late writing this as I felt compelled to exonerate and work through some of the questions, thoughts, and images stirred up in my mind by this novel. It is truly chilling, but simultaneously humanizing.
Skillful writing that in the hands of less capable author could have turned into a trashy read, a trite crime novel, or a weepy cry for justice…it will remain in my immediate consciousness for some time.