Let Me Die in His Footsteps

Let Me Die in His Footsteps

A Novel

Book - 2015
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In the spellbinding and suspenseful Let Me Die in His Footsteps , Edgar Award winner for Best Novel, author Lori Roy wrests from a Southern town the secrets of two families touched by an evil that has passed between generations.

On a dark Kentucky night in 1952, exactly halfway between her fifteenth and sixteenth birthdays, Annie Holleran crosses into forbidden territory. Everyone knows Hollerans don't go near Baines, not since Joseph Carl was buried two decades before, but Annie runs through her family's lavender fields toward the well on the Baines' place, hoping to see her future in the water. Instead, she finds a body, and Annie's future becomes inextricably tied with her family's dark past.

In 1936, the year Annie's aunt, Juna Crowley, came of age, there were seven Baine boys. Before Juna, Joseph Carl had been the best of all the Baine brothers. But then he looked into Juna's black eyes and they made him do things that cost innocent people their lives. With the pall of a young child's death and the dark appetites of men working the sleepy town into a frenzy, Sheriff Irlene Fulkerson saw justice served--or did she?

As the investigation continues and she comes of age as Aunt Juna did in her own time, Annie's dread mounts. Juna will come home now, to finish what she started. If Annie is to save herself, her family, and this small Kentucky town, she must prepare for Juna's return, and the revelation of what really happened all those years ago.

Publisher: New York : Dutton, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781101984307
Characteristics: 327 pages ;,24 cm


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Oct 16, 2016

A complex mystery that alternates in time between 1935 and 1952. The storyline is haunting as we follow Sarah and her sister, raised by their father on a tobacco farm that is struggling to survive. Cold is how I felt reading about their childhood. The house was set in shadows, the father seemed to be unfeeling and the area was steeped in superstition that included one that said a girl half-way between her 15th and 16th years will at midnight see the man she will marry when she looks down a well. Sarah’s sister, Juna, is feared by many including her father. She is said to have witch-like properties. When Juna tells her father that she has been assaulted by a neighbor and their young brother kidnapped, the neighbor is convicted of a crime he did not commit. As an adult, Sarah, lives with the knowledge of what happened when her sister disappeared after giving birth to a girl born to Juna. The ending is unexpected. Roy has created a creepy story perfect for people who like a mystery with a very unexpected ending.

Jul 07, 2016

I loved Roy's other books but this one was boring. I could hardly wait to get to the end. I skimmed over some of the middle just to get finished. The skipping back and forth from one generation to the next got confusing and tedious. Hard to keep track of what was what.

Jun 20, 2016

I read this book because it won the Edgar Award this year for best novel. The previous three winners were all excellent. Sorry to say, this one did not live up. I found it tedious and closer to a romance or paranormal novel than a mystery. The ending was good, but I by that time couldn't wait to finish it.

JCLKenW Oct 03, 2015

I am a big fan of Roy. Secrets of two families touched by an evil that has passed between generations in a rural Kentucky town. Suspense builds until what happened is revealed.

Aug 24, 2015

I really, really wanted to love this book based on prior reviews. However, it was kind of slow and nothing much happened.

Jul 27, 2015

Did not hold my interest....a little simplistic.

Apr 27, 2015

This was quite good. It had an eerie quality to it that provided tons of atmosphere. The suspense builds slowly and steadily toward the end which catches you off guard. The author did a great job of giving us enough story to keep the pages turning while at the same time withholding enough information to make certain characters and situations a bit creepy.

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