Alibi: A Novel
This book is of special interest because it is the new novel from Teri Woods. Woods went from being a self-published author, literally sleeping in her car while selling her book on the hard streets of the Big Apple, to New York Times bestselling author. That book was True to the Game.
Here, the main character Daisy Fothergill is a victim of circumstance, much as her mother was before her. Woods spares no detail in describing the sordid life of a young African-American woman with few options in life in 1989. As we meet Daisy, she survives by working as a stripper and bar maid in Philadelphia. She elects to make some quick money by providing an alibi for a multiple murderer without realizing or considering what consequences will ensue.
Clearly, Ms. Woods favors her female characters, as their feelings, longings and betrayals are triggered by the actions of the males in this tale. Although this has touches of a morality play, it is a fast-paced read. While the first chapter seemed less-than-promising, the pace soon picked up. As Daisy runs from both the FBI and a cold-blooded killer, the action takes the reader from Philly all the way to Nashville and back.
Teri Woods is quite a good writer. Be aware, though, that the language and some scenes are R-rated.
Grand Central Publishing, $21.99, 257 pages
Reprinted courtesy of Sacramento Book Review.