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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Pearlie by Judy Iverson is the story of how a toxic relationship can ruin lives, even after the relationship ended years ago. All of this started with Chet Cromwell and Jeanette Burnette. Chet always had a problem with drinking, but when Jeanette came into his life, she thought things would get better. And things did get better for some time. However, after their daughter Pearl was born, things went downhill. He cheated on her, hit her, and when she retaliated, he had her jailed. Chet’s mistress moves in and an illegitimate son is born. However, Pearl dies. That becomes the catalyst for a series of actions that will come to haunt the biggest family in Grotton. Now, generations later, little Pearl is haunting the house she once lived in. She wants retribution for her untimely death and she will get it, no matter what.
This is definitely a novel that I would not want to read at night. It is not horror, per se, but the element of mystery and suspense is too real. The characters feel realistic and believable, and I really appreciate that. This makes the reading experience so much better. The dialogues were very nice and not too long. If you have read Toni Morrison’s Beloved, you will love this novel too. It has the same sense of foreboding doom that grabs the attention of the reader and makes them read till the end. That is exactly how a mystery novel should be and this is the best mystery novel I have read so far.