Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead. Thats how the old saying goes. I'm a sucker for a good thriller involving friends and secrets from the past. I had recently read If we were villains by M.L. Rio and was searching for another suspenseful story.
Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan, promised some of that suspense and intrigue. This story follows 6 friends who in the summer of 1980 experience a tragedy. The consequences of that event come back to haunt them 35 years later. The events of that day will change them forever. They have all gone their separate ways and as new evidence becomes available one of them becomes charged with murder. It becomes clear that they all have their secrets and want to protect their current lives.
I enjoyed the style of this book. There is a back and forth between the events of 1980 and future events in key characters lives. I also think the characters were interesting, but some were a bit over developed. It keeps you guessing and that is for the most part always a good thing. When you first learn about the events it really feels like the author is trying to keep a really thin line between murder mystery and supernatural thriller. There's definitely and air of haunting to the events. Which can draw some people in or it might throw others off. I personally did not mind it.
Overall, this is one intriguing story and even thought I didn't like all the characters, I liked the story as a whole.
I was given a copy of this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.