The Bottom Line
- Shreve’s crisp writing and interesting characters make Testimony enjoyable to read
- The fractured narrative lessens the suspense and emotional impact of what happens
- 'Testimony' by Anita Shreve was published October 21, 2008.
- Publisher: Little, Brown
- 320 Pages
Guide Review - 'Testimony' by Anita Shreve - Book Review
Shreve tells her story in alternating snippets of the testimony of each character. It’s an effective way to present so many different people, but in the first half of the book, when the events are still unfolding, it has the effect of reducing suspense and tension.
Anita Shreve seems to specialize in finely wrought stories of tragedy and its effects on those affected as individuals and as groups. Testimony continues that trend, and it’s another laudable novel.