Josie Moraine is a smart girl with big dreams: she works in a local bookstore and cleans a local brothel, but Josie wants to go to college and make something of herself, other than to follow in the footsteps of her prostitute mother. However, a murder in the Old Quarter tests all of Josie’s ties and beliefs and threatens to destroy all she holds dear.
This book was amazing! I read Sepety’s first book, Between Shades of Gray, and loved that, so I have been eagerly waiting for more books from her. Needless to say, I was not disappointed! Sepetys has created a great cast of character–I loved Jo and the entire supporting cast. Sepetys really brought everyone to life and allowed them to be defined by their actions rather than their position. I also loved how she managed to capture the flavor of the times–around 1950-and flair of New Orleans. Overall, this was a fantastic read, and I highly recommend it.