The Execution of Noa P. Singleton: A Novel

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton: A Novel

by Elizabeth L. Silver
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The Execution of Noa P. Singleton: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing debut novel from Elizabeth L. Silver. The relationship between the convicted murder Noa and the victim's mother Marlene is a fantastic voyage of words. I highly recommend this book.
ToniSimpkins More than 1 year ago
The Execution of Noa P. Singleton is a remarkable debut novel from Elizabeth L. Silver. The characters are well developed. The plot is interesting and well timed. I would highly recommend this book as a great summer read.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Silver writes Noa's incarceration scenes with empathy and integrity. The reader is dropped into a world not many of us know (thank goodness), and Noa's sense of isolation is palpable. Noa comes to believe that she belongs there, saying"it's the internal acceptance that finally you have become the person you were meant to be. When you enter, true, you are given a new number, a new residence, and a new wardrobe; but is is only when you place those garments upon your limbs that realize they were meant for no one but you. No former splinters of your personality carry over into prison life. No relationships, fictional or otherwise, accompany them either. Any superficial intimacy you claim to have experienced with another (whether consanguineous or not) when you wore any color other than cocoa brown fades as quickly as a puff of smoke. You are now the person everyone knows you to be."Reading this deeply affecting novel will have you questioning the use and human cost of capital punishment. Silver sprinkles in some jaw-dropping revelations, from secret relationships to incidents in the Noa's past that are stunning and also explain much of Noa's willingness to accept her fate. The suspense here is so well done. The Execution of Noa P. Singleton put me in mind of another novel I read with an unreliable female character- Marcy Dermanksy's Bad Marie. They have the same dark tone, and unforgettable protagonists. If you like a story that will make you think and question human nature, this is the novel for you. I'm still thinking about it days after I have finished it. Silver's debut novel has me looking for more from her in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Execution of Noa P. Singleton is a stellar debut novel about a convicted killer awaiting execution and her reflections on different relationships in her life, most importantly those with her parents. It really causes you to pause and think about capital punishment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Couldn't put it down. Two thumbs up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was okay, but the quality of the writing is terrible--it reads like it was rushed to print without any editing at all. Typos and purple prose galore. I got it on sale and still feel like I overpaid. It detracts from the reader's enjoyment and the author's and publisher's reputations when such a shoddy job is presented as a finished product.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is pretty obvious that Elizabeth L. Silver wanted to impress with her debut novel about a woman, Noa P. Singleton, who is on Death Row & the story that brought her there. Unfortunately, Noa is rather unlikeable--as are most of the characters--& Silver comes off as a bit pretentious; did she have to use the thesaurus every other word to describe this & that? And although smart sounding, I was only looking for a beach read, not a legal course, or trial summary, or jackass characters.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A morbid central plot, but presented in an interesting way with the person on death row telling the story popping in to the past and back to the present to catch the reader up on all the important details.  Noa P. Singleton is awaiting her execution day and it has been set, but out of the blue comes the mother of her victim claiming to help her get clemency and this is where the real story begins.
peebler More than 1 year ago
I had higher hopes for this book, but it was ok. I thought there would be more twists and turns, but sadly it was fairly predictable. If you like crime type mysteries and want an easy read then you might enjoy it. The characters were good and the tension built throughout the novel, but in the end there was no satisfying climax or surprise.
CrazyForNewBooks More than 1 year ago
The Best Book I’ve Read in a While Noa has 6 months to live, the state of PA is going to execute her for the murder of a young girl. Her newest attorney, who believes he can get her clemency, has no idea where to start, so he asks her to share her life story. As we travel though her past and combine it with her present, we are treated to a spell-binding story, full of intrigue, mystery, and enough twists and turns to keep the pages flipping. A brilliant novel that begs to be shared with as many friends as possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Not your typical "nice" characters. The author makes you wonder why and there is enough suspence to keep you reading to find out why.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
A study of a convicted murderer on death row, as her life is recounted in the final months awaiting her execution, is the subject of this first novel by an author with three college degrees, including one in law. At the same time, it delves into her relationship with her mother, her father, and others who have interacted with her, especially Marlene, the mother of the victim, who is not a particularly sympathetic character. There is no suspense with regard to the ultimate execution of Noa P. Singleton, this fact is included in the title. Whatever suspense exists derives from the introduction of a possible clemency petition by the mother of the murder victim, a well-known Philadelphia attorney. Who, by the way, initially demanded the death penalty and then supposedly years later approached Noa on behalf of an organization she founded, Mothers Against Death, claiming a change of heart. Apparently, a major point of the novel is the juxtaposition of Noa and Marlene and their motivations. About the only truly insightful looks into Marlene are in the form of letters to her daughter following her death, and these are really superficial and lack sufficient depth to create either sympathy for the mother or deeper knowledge as to why she has acted as she did. To tell the truth, for this reader the writing was too wordy, and the novel’s construction somewhat artificial.
BluJay More than 1 year ago
I thought the author wrote her story well but the story itself was relentlessly depressing. I got a little more than half way through and gave it up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Revenge is good. >:3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2.5 Stars I don't really know what to say about this book. It was OK, but there was so much opportunity for it to be so much better. The title of the book pretty much tells you what you need to know, but story for how Noa got on death row had SO MUCH potential, and it was pretty much a let down. There were so many opportunities for twists and turns that the author did not maximize on. I finished the book, so there was definitely some element there that kept me interested, but all in all, I wouldn't really recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Something about the author's writing style makes this seemingly interesting book very difficult to read. Genuinely wanted to enjoy it but just couldn't get into it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will need a dictionary to read this book. The author tried too hard with all the big words. It was hard to read as you have to think about the words. It would have made a very good book without all the big words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this thrilling debut novel. I was as invested in noas fate as i was Jacobs in Defending Jacob .very interesting and thought provoking questions are brought up. Definately recommended if u enjoyed Defending Jacob or Gone girl. Am anticipating future writings by this author.
sneps More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I’ve had on my TBR list for a year now. After reading quite a few books for tours, I decided it was time to take this one out to read. Before reading the book, it is hard for anyone to pick this book up and not already have an opinion about the death penalty and the inmates on death row. However, regardless of a reader’s stance on the prison system, the judicial system, and crimes/punishments, this book is about the story of one woman: a woman who could really be anyone that grew up in a single parent home, with a promiscuous lifestyle, who has a father that has been in and out of prison all his of life. Her life could have turned out so much differently, being the salutatorian for her high school class, being accepted into Yale, and trying to make a life for herself. However, her past is always haunting her and she is never fully able to forgive herself and move on. Noa is only 10 months old when she has her first experience with lies and the judicial system. Her first experience is that of her mother, who is a struggling actress that makes a rash judgement to protect herself from the possibility of jail or child services. This stays with Noa. Honestly, I don’t have any recollection before the age of 4, but this seems to be ingrained in Noa (or not), as she says that her memory is foggy and it’s hard to separate fact from fantasy. However, I somehow believe her because it starts the cycle of loss, feeling less than, isolation, and hopelessness. While the story is told through Noa’s viewpoint, the reader will get glimpses inside Marlene’s head, through her letters to her daughter (Sarah), who is murdered. While Noa’s life is that of someone who is tragically put in the line of fire due to circumstances by her parents, it is Marlene’s story that most interested me. Marlene is a woman of influence, with a lot of money, who realizes early on that she really has no control over her daughter-her only child. Paying off someone to follow her daughter and then threatening both that person and the boyfriend, doesn’t end there. Marlene decides to mask her way back into Noa’s life, under the guise of MAD (Mothers Against Death), to find out what happened to her daughter’s last moments of life. In some ways, Noa vindicates herself because she doesn’t give Marlene those last moments, although I don’t Marlene truly wanted to know. I think Marlene has loads of guilt, hidden under her callousness towards others and her brashness, and she somehow wants to know that Noa doesn’t blame her for the events that happened leading up to Sarah’s death. In some ways, if Noa doesn’t place any blame on Marlene, then Marlene can feel justified in her own role with Sarah’s death. In the end, everyone wants something from Noa: her compliance, her silence, her devotion-and when they get that-they leave. In the end, the judicial system only hears what attorneys want the jurors to hear, rich people get passes, poor people get passed the buck, and our system is truly screwed. But there is hope. There is hope, everyday, with the choices people make as humans, as parents, as children, as a society. This is a book that is very character driven, with not a lot of unraveling until 200 pages in, but it’s still a great book. It is at times dry, and sometimes it seems that the novel drifts, but be patient- there is a reason for it all. I don’t think this book can be read without discussing it afterwards. It’s what makes this book unique-because the dialogue continues long after Noa’s story, long after Marlene’s and long after the last page. It is thought provoking, would make for a great book club discussion, and also in a class to talk about family cycles, the judicial system, and victims of circumstance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The narrator is a young woman who is a death-row inmate. We slowly learn about her crime and the others involved. While none of the characters are especially likeable, I did feel sympathetic toward the narrator. I enjoyed reading this on my nook because I used the built-in dictionary a lot due to the challenging vocabulary!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An intricate life story with jaw
tarnold911 More than 1 year ago
Engaging read.