CHARGE (What is the author trying to say?): To explore the true nature of insanity
FACTS: On an oppressive New Orleans afternoon, the middle Fayette sister disappears. Her disappearance is ultimately traced to a family with secrets – a family wrestling with insanity. The prose is beautiful, but the story is improbable. If you can suspend reality, the plot twists will entertain.
VERDICT (Was the author successful?): Not guilty. The story was unrealistic, more in the nature of fantasy.