By Matt Witten
The Necklace is a fast-paced, tense page-turner thriller that is optioned for a film by none other than Leonardo Dicaprio, written by Matt Witten, who has also written for huge and incredibly popular tv series, as you’ll find out below.
Discover more about the author, the blurb, rest of my review and links below.
Firstly, thank you to Matt Witten for being in touch via the Contact Me part of my blog to request a review of his book and for gifting me the book.
About the Author
Matt Witten wrote mystery novels set in upstate New York that were published by Signet. Then moved to LA and began writing for TV: Law & Order, House, Pretty Little Liars, CSI: Miami, Medium, and other shows. The Necklace is his first novel since he began writing for TV. It’s gotten blurbs/reviews/quotes from Lee Child, Meg Gardiner, and Lisa Gardner, and it’s been optioned for film by Leonardo DiCaprio.
The clock ticks down in a heart-pounding crusade for justice
Susan Lentigo’s daughter was murdered twenty years ago–and now, at long last, this small-town waitress sets out on a road trip all the way from Upstate New York to North Dakota to witness the killer’s execution.
On her journey she discovers shocking new evidence that leads her to suspect the condemned man is innocent–and the real killer is still free. Even worse, her prime suspect has a young daughter who’s at terrible risk. With no money and no time to spare, Susan sets out to uncover the truth before an innocent man gets executed and another little girl is killed.
But the FBI refuses to reopen the case. They–and Susan’s own mother–believe she’s just having an emotional breakdown. Reaching deep, Susan finds an inner strength she never knew she had. With the help of two unlikely allies–a cynical, defiant teenage girl and the retired cop who made the original arrest–Susan battles the FBI to put the real killer behind bars. Will she win justice for the condemned man–and her daughter–at last?
Optioned for film–with Leonardo DiCaprio attached as producer
The protagonist is a middle-aged woman – Susan Lentigo. Life is tough as she is only just squeezing out a living for herself as a waitress. There, Amy, who is pretty world wise at such a young age about money as she worries about things like a necklace, being too expensive for her mum to buy. The book is astutely observant in its narration and conversations for all the characters. In the beginning the atmosphere is warm and fuzzy. The necklace itself is cute and lovely, but this quickly turns as the story unfolds and becomes a thriller about what happened to Amy.
The atmosphere becomes chilling and what seems at first a slow-burn, becomes a very fast-paced thriller that does not miss a beat. Every word is crucial as is every nuance as tension increasingly builds.
The Necklace, succinctly and expertly shows both the present times and Amy’s backstory, both which evokes many emotions of sadness and anger from the people within it. Weaving through Amy’s story is also about the relationship between Susan and her mother as they try to live in the same home together, which is also interesting.
Susan’s worst nightmare happened 20 years ago and the aftermath of the spiraling of her mental health and also a recovery of sorts, with the appropriate help is portrayed well. There is also the search and hope that the necklace will be found and the trial. The case throws up many questions, which adds another layer, including showing how far forensics has come over the past couple of decades. All isn’t as clear cut as it seems and a race against time ensues to find out the truth. Each stage of the book is gripping in many ways. The experience Matt Witten has in tv translates very well into writing books.
As The Necklace plays out, it is easy to see why it is optioned for a film and would, if translated well onto the screen, will be as enthralling as the book. It is definitely worth reading the book first as it is such a page-turner and readers will get to know the woman who may not have much, but has a bundle of strength to get to the truth of who’s innocent, who’s guilty.
“[The Necklace] is as fast and tense as a great thriller should be, but it’s full of warmth and humanity too–one small-town woman’s quest for the most poignant kind of justice you could imagine. Buy it today and read it tonight!” –Lee Child, New York Times best-selling author
“Thelma and Louise meets The Green Mile in this unique and powerful thriller following one mother’s cross-country journey to find the truth.” –Lisa Gardner, New York Times best-selling author
“The Necklace is an addictively readable story of a mother’s quest for justice. Surprising, propulsive, and poignant. I inhaled this novel.” –Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning autor