Book Review: The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth Silver


Rating: 3 / 5

Noa P. Singleton has six months until her execution date.  She was found guilty a decade ago for the capital murders of Sarah Dixon and her unborn child. Noa did not take the stand during the trial, and never said a word in her own defense during the sentencing hearing.  In short, she has never told anyone what happened on that tragic night.  Out of the blue, high profile attorney Marlene Dixon has reached out to Noa, wanting to help her get a stay of execution.  Although Dixon claims she has had a change of heart on the death penalty, Noa is skeptical, since Marlene is Sarah’s mother.  All Marlene asks for in return is that Noa tell her exactly what happened that night.

The premise of this story is interesting; the mother of the victim is willing to help her daughter’s murderer avoid capital punishment.  I was hooked on The Execution of Noa P. Singleton from the very first chapter. Noa’s voice is strong and distinct, and she has a wry, dry sense of humor.  In short, this book was very readable and gripping.  However, as compelling as Noa was, her lack of emotions and the ultimate reason why she killed Sarah didn’t work for me. It’s understandable, but I couldn’t help but think, “really? This is it?” The author does a fantastic job of reeling the reader in, but I was disappointed in the ending.

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