The Colour of Evil by Sarah Jane Huntington
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Well, this was yet another fantastic book by this very awesome author.
After living with an abusive parent for years, Isabelle suffered a brain injury that makes her forgetful and scatters her thoughts. She can also see auras. All she wants to do is read, spend time with her cat, and enjoy a nice cup of tea. But when several murders happen in the village, it doesn't take long for people to suspect her...
Wow! I enjoyed this story SO MUCH! It's well-written, wonderful, and sad.
Isabelle is a lovely, misunderstood character with good intentions and no way of expressing them. She can't talk, so people usually shun and dismiss her. Something happened in Isabelle's past that tainted her in the eyes of the community, and she can't trust her own memory because it fades in and out. She only wants to live a peaceful life, and wants to connect with others, even though all they throw her way is cruelty and accusations.
I hated the way people treated Isabelle because their actions and words were all too real. We really do live in a society that judges and mistreats anyone who doesn't fit the cookie-cutter illusion of normal. And that truly sucks.
People can be really horrible, and Sarah Jane Huntington has a knack for writing about people labelled as different in a way that breaks your heart. 😭
I also thought the murder-mystery was terrific, and wrapped up in a very satisfying way.
This is a really fantastic novella and I absolutely LOVED it!
Oh, and one last thing. Love how easily so many well-known fictional detectives were included in the narrative.
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