Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt is a nonfiction book about a murder that happened in Savannah, Georgia in the past. The narrator, goes around and meets a diverse group of people, including the man who was accused of the murder, a drag queen, a piano playing bar owner, and a man with a lot of poison in his possession. He goes around and talks to them and learns their story, and eventually, a party thrown by the convicted murderer is thrown. The narrator goes onto to detail that the man convicted was acquitted of all charges.
I really didn’t like this book. I thought a book about murder would be more interesting, but it was very uninteresting to me. It felt like the author was just telling about the people he met, and not how they contributed to the story, and it felt like there wasn’t much of a plot, even as a nonfiction book. Whereas with other books I’d feel excited to know what happens next, with this book, I’d just wait for it to be over, or until I’d have an opportunity to put it down and forget about it. I’d give it a 2 out of 5, because there were some parts that were very interesting, but overall I didn’t like it.