Hello everyone! Today I am going to be doing a book review on a book that has been on my TBR for a very very long time. I first spotted this book many years ago and just had not gotten around to reading it…until now. I’m really into Crime books and I heard that this book was a unique read in that it is nonfiction, but reads as historical fiction. Historical Fiction is my number 1 genre (with Mystery and Psychological Thrillers being second), so I really wanted to check it out. This is going to be a rather short review for two reasons, one being that it is non fiction so there isn’t much to say on the storyline, character, etc and because I feel that this book doesn’t need much said, everyone should just read it!
For starters, you can read a full description of the book HERE.
Gosh, I loved this book. For a nonfiction book, you really felt like you were reading a Historical Fiction novel. The best part of this whole book is the writing. In fact, I am going to do something that I haven’t done yet in a book review, quote a line from the book a little later on. I feel that there is no doing justice to how much I loved the writing and descriptions other than to simply quote one of my favorite lines of the book.
Since the writer is detailing such a horrendous (for the time and place) event the fact that the writing was so beautiful it made it seem a little less. I feel like Truman Capote was really able to capture the essence of every single character, event and detail that went into this event. There are also a lot of times in this read where it is just text, without any really character conversation or speaking and the writing really helped wrap me up in the story. I just…I can’t say enough about the writing. Hands down, one of the best written books I’ve read.
My favorite line:
“It was ideal apple-eating weather; the whitest sunlight descended from the purest sky, and an easterly wind rustled, without ripping loose, the last of the leaves on the Chinese elms.” (Capote, In Cold Blood)
I could continue on with that text, but that particular line made me melt! Have you read In Cold Blood? I would love to hear your thoughts!