by Joyce Carol Oates
My Rating: 3.5/5 (Good)
"The rented Toyota, driven with such impatient exuberance by The Senator, was speeding along the unpaved road, taking the turns in giddy skidding slides, and then, with no warning, somehow the car had gone off the road and had overturned in black rushing water, listing to its passenger's side, rapidly sinking. Am I going to die? - like this?"
I have to admit I knew nothing of the actual incident that this short fictionalised novel is based on, but politics aside, it's a dark and desperate story. It's narrated entirely by the young girl who drowns, and by moving back and forth in time, Oates slowly builds the drama while bringing Kelly to life, as it were. And even knowing the outcome from the very first page, I couldn't stop reading, hoping all the while that it would somehow turn out differently.