Tessa’s New Book Review

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The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

Chosen as Amazon’s Best Book of the Month for March 2014, The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld is widely described as magical, a fantasy, with mythic beauty. This description brought me to read it with some skepticism. And I was right—it isn’t really a fantasy. That isn’t to say I didn’t like the book. It is an incredible book, very well-written, intense and compelling.

The Enchanted

Not for the faint of heart, the book takes place mostly in a prison, and it deals intimately with several Death Row prisoners. In addition, the prison is a “dirty” prison with a corrupt guard manipulating the system. I wouldn’t call it graphic, but there are some perilous situations and crimes committed that we all, rightly or wrongly, have come to expect in the correctional institution.

The plot revolves around a woman investigator whose profession focuses on Death Row inmates’ appeals. Just like the author herself, she digs deep into the lives of these killers. In the process, we are shown the horrors that shaped and created the “monsters” dwelling in the dungeon. The magical elements are in the mind of one of the Death Row men, playing only a minuscule part in the whole.

Coming on the heels of recent publications and media focus on incarceration inequities, this book is sure to draw attention, and with the quality of the writing and the powerful message, I expect it to win some awards. Highly recommended.

4.5 out of 5 stars

Author: Tessa

Tessa has been a reference librarian in the JDL Reference Department for more than eight years. A voracious reader, she reviews materials in many genres and formats, including science fiction and fantasy, mystery, historical fiction, nonfiction, and young adult. Join her on Good Reads, a free online place to keep track of your reads, share reviews with others, and find new titles. She and her husband enjoy reading, birding, and hiking.

One Response to "Tessa’s New Book Review"

  1. Tessa Posted on May 22, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    A patron told me this week that it was the most intense, uncomfortable and wonderful book he has ever read!

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