Plot: The circumstance of a serial killer targeting a particular New Orleans community is immediately engaging.
Prose: Reed has a fine grasp on storytelling and delivers a graceful blend of description, dialogue, and well-played exposition.
Originality: The novel’s focus on hate crimes against the LGBTQ community is both unique and prescient, while the New Orleans setting is particularly memorable.
Character/Execution: Jane Byrne is a dynamic and complex character with her fair share of scars, while colorful NOLA side characters fill out the cast. The story’s villains are despicable without coming across as hackneyed.
Date Submitted: August 14, 2020