Let Me Die in His Footsteps

Let Me Die in His Footsteps

by Lori Roy


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Let Me Die in His Footsteps 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
The book goes back and forth from Sarah and Juna’s story in 1936 and Annie’s story in 1952. This is a family full of secrets and though separated by many years they secrets are still relevant and unnerving as we find out what the truth really is. Like Lori Roy’s Bent Road that I reviewed back in 2012 this is a book about family relationships and struggles. I am walking a fine line here not wanting to give too much away. Back in the 30’s the family’s crop was tobacco, in the 50’s it is lavender. (Isn’t the cover beautiful.) Life has never been easy for this family, some people say they are cursed. The Baines and the Cowley’s have a history and when Annie ventures on Baine land the past comes back and eerie things are brought to light. Roy has written quite a story and creating some flawed and fascinating characters. A few characters in both time periods are believed to have the “know-how” or the ability to know something is about to happen. This is a very dark read and full of tragedy. The author tells the story and she doesn’t pull any punches. Her style is very descriptive. There are a few twists and I started to see where the story could end up but I was only partly right. A would call this book beautifully haunting, a bit chilling. It has stayed with me since I finished it.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
“She wore her hair down this morning even though I told her it would be best if she’d bind it and cover it over. Being as it was a solemn day, I thought there would be something almost obscene about the beauty of her hair when it catches the sun. Falling down near about the center of her back, it glows. No other way to put it. Folks can’t help but stare, even though she’s not new to them, even though they don’t want to look. They’re afraid to look. They’re afraid of those black eyes. But she’s wrapped up in a kind of beauty most folks will only see once, maybe twice in their lives. They stare because they can’t resist” Let Me Die In His Footsteps is the third novel by award-winning American author, Lori Roy. The story opens in Hayden County, Kentucky, where, even in 1952, folks put great consequence on signs, superstitions and rituals. Thus, at age fifteen and a half, at midnight on the eve of her ascension to womanhood, Annie Holleran climbs over the stone fence marking the edge of Holleran land, to gaze into the Baine’s well, where she is meant to see the reflection of her intended. She is not expecting to find a woman’s body among the tomato plants.  In 1936, Joseph Carl Baine was hanged, and there has been hatred between the Hollerans and the Baines ever since: angry old Mrs Baine sits on her porch with her shotgun, seeing off trespassers. Annie’s Aunt Juna is to blame: Juna has the “know how” (a form of precognition) and many folk believe her to be evil. Annie too, has the “know how”, as does her Grandma, who coaches her in the benign use of her power. But now, Mrs Baine is dead, and secrets, long-held, about the events of sixteen years ago begin to be revealed. The story is split into two alternating strands: Sarah relates the events of 1936 while a third-person narrative from Annie’s perspective covers the incidents of 1952. Roy’s story is inspired by the last lawful public hanging in the USA. Her prose skilfully evokes the mood of Depression-era Kentucky and feel of the early fifties in the Upland South. Her characters are complex and multi-faceted: Annie is a spirited heroine, determined and a bit rebellious, while Juna’s true nature eventually becomes apparent. Sarah says “It’s what Juna does. Ever so slightly, she turns folks in the direction of her liking”. This is a page turner: it has a tension-filled, gripping plot with quite a few twists and a heart-stopping climax. A brilliant novel that will have readers seeking out earlier works by this talented author. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd Lori Roy book this week and I must say I have enjoyed them both where I have done nothing but read. Unable to stop. On to Until she comes home I hope my family can go without laundry and my cooking a couple more days. If this book becomes a movie the part od Ellis Baines must be played by Walton Goggins. It was his voice I heard while reading Ellis Baines parts!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author. A master of suspense, she had me turning pages and feeling like I was right there in the story with these characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago