Noa P. Singleton, trente-cinq ans, attend depuis dix ans dans le couloir de la mort du pénitencier pour femmes de Pennsylvanie. Elle doit être exécutée dans six mois, condamnée pour un double homicide. Lors de son procès, elle n'a pas expliqué son geste. Elle estime qu'elle mérite sa punition. Elle attend la paix. C'est alors qu'un jeune avocat vient la solliciter pour qu'elle dépose un recours en grâce. Il pense pouvoir mettre au jour de nouveaux éléments. Noa s'aperçoit bientôt qu'il est employé par la redoutable Marlène Dixon, la mère de celle qui fut sa victime. Pourquoi Marlène, dix ans après, voudrait-elle l'épargner ? Et pourquoi, en ce jour de l'an 2003, la flamboyante Noa a-t-elle tué une jeune femme enceinte, qui aurait pu être son amie, ou sa soeur ? Noa ne veut pas de grâce ; elle désire juste en finir. Mais qui résisterait aux manoeuvres de Marlène ? Tissé de flash-back, tendu vers le "Jour J", L'exécution de Noa P. Singleton est un imparable thriller psychologique, ainsi qu'une réflexion saisissante sur l'identité et la culpabilité.
A gripping, thought-provoking and intriguing novel about murder, death row and how a life can change in a heartbeat. An irresistible read for those who loved WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN.
At just twenty-five, Noa P. Singleton was confined to death row for the murder of Sarah Dixon. For nearly ten years she has languished there, and in six months she will be executed. It's a fate she has long resigned herself to. But the victim's mother, Marlene, has other plans. With little time remaining, she visits Noa, intent upon invoking a clemency appeal.
What can have prompted this change of heart? And how and why did Noa kill Sarah Dixon? As Noa tells her story, an unapologetic tale of love, anguish and deception emerges that is as unpredictable as its narrator. And two women, linked by murder but with very different goals, wait with growing tension for the final decision on Noa's fate.
An unforgettable and unpredictable debut novel of guilt, punishment, and the stories we tell ourselves to survive Noa P. Singleton never spoke a word in her own defense throughout a brief trial that ended with a jury finding her guilty of first-degree murder. Ten years later, having accepted her fate, she sits on death row in a maximum-security penitentiary, just six months away from her execution date.
Meanwhile, Marlene Dixon, a high-powered Philadelphia attorney who is also the mother of the woman Noa was imprisoned for killing. She claims to have changed her mind about the death penalty and will do everything in her considerable power to convince the governor to commute Noa's sentence to life in prison, in return for the one thing Noa can trade: her story. Marlene desperately wants to understand the events that led to her daughters death--events that only Noa knows of and has never shared. Inextricably linked by murder but with very different goals, Noa and Marlene wrestle with the sentences life itself can impose while they confront the best and worst of what makes us human.
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