Narrator and point of view

The novel Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin is told from the point of view of a third-person narrator. The narrator is limited and only shows one character’s thoughts and feelings, showing everything else through the eyes of that character. The narrative perspective alternates from chapter to chapter between Larry’s point of view and Silas’s. 

The limited perspective provides tension and mystery, as Silas is trying to find out who shot Larry and who murdered Tina Rutherford, while Larry, who knows now who is guilty, is in a coma for most of the novel, and when he wakes up, he initially does not remember these things. 

The alternating perspective allows readers to follow certain events from both Larry and Silas’ points of view and get a deeper u...

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