(Originally posted on LiteraryTitan.com)
How far would you go to see justice served? How far would you go to see a light shone on the truth? And what would you let it take from you in return? The Grier family is haunted by a terrible crime. They must face these questions in their search for what is right. Tragically lost and surrounded by a hatred that is embedded in the very foundation of their community, this family must rely on the strength and courage of each other to see their way through the storm. Because the only way they can prevail is together.
Unconscionable, by Charles R. Butts Jr., is a harrowing tale of injustice, corruption and loss, spanning across four decades. It follows the story of the Grier’s, a black family living in the deep south of America. When their son is horrifically murdered in a racially motivated hate crime, they find that it is only the beginning of their plight. Corrupt police officers, false investigations and a cover up that runs deep into the roots of their hometown are some of the obstacles they must overcome. But through love, belief and guidance, this incredible family will rally together to overcome the odds.
I really enjoyed this riveting crime drama. It gripped me from the first page with sharp writing and a thick atmosphere of intrigue. What I really enjoyed about this engaging crime thriller was that it was about the family, not just the crime. To experience their journey, the highs and lows, was surreal. I was there with them on every page. I felt every word. The characters are authentic and compelling. I have come to know The Griers and sympathize with them. I felt anger, sadness, disgust, pride and joy, all in one book. The authors writing allows you to easily get absorbed by this story and lets you explore all the powerful emotions that accompany a heinous crime.
Unconscionable is a heartbreaking story but an excellent read. I highly recommend this captivating story to readers who enjoy culturally relevant crime fiction novels with a spellbinding plot and captivating characters.