God Don't Play is a very difficult read. The constant rehashing of the characters' pasts, collectively as well as individually, is tiresome. The premise is good, however, the execution is mediocre due to poorly timed and frequent flashbacks -- so much so that the actual story seems like a subplot. Also, the fact that it's told in the first person slows the story's pace significantly. Annette's narrative is always derogatory when aimed at her personal appearance, which gets boring quick. The plot lacked definite resolution since the culprit isn't held accountable.

Annette and Rhoda have been friends since high school. Annette thinks her life is going well until she starts receiving hate mail and menacing phone calls at her home and workplace. Rhoda and her daughter attempt to help in the midst of their own drama. Annette decides to confront the few people in her life whom she feels might be carrying a grudge against her, to no avail. Then there's a drive-by shooting and a double homicide. As she finally solves the mystery, it turns out to be closer to home than expected. (Dafina, Sep., 320 pp., $24.00)
Reviewed by: 
Katherine Taylor-King