June 24, 2009

What the Bayou Saw by Patti Lacy

Every once in a while I get the chance to review a book that I love. What the Bayou Saw is one of those books. Lacy kept me interested from page one of the prologue until the final page of the book. This book was refreshingly well written and easy to follow but still complex in theme, plot, and character development.

Sally is a middle aged woman that grew up in the south during a time period when the other side of town was still called, "Colored Town." Sally sneaks around with her best friend, a colored girl, and together they face the alligators, snakes, and scary men in the bayou. But only the two of them know what really happened down in the bayou.

The book follows the life of Sally 25 years later as she deals with incidents in her past that she never came to terms with and realizes her entire life is a series of small and big lies that are culminating in her stable life falling apart. You really feel for this woman as she tries to find a way to share the secrets of the past that have been haunting her for so long.

Like I said before, this book was extremely well written. Each and every character is developed to the point where you can imagine their next move or next line. The plot is slightly predictable, but it's still a well thought out and defined plot that never slows down between flashbacks from Sally's childhood and her current circumstances. I would recommend this book to anyone really. It's a clean book laced with spiritual undertones of relying on the Lord and living truthful lives even when it may ruin your or someone else's life. 5 stars.

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