She isn’t. In the second paragraph of the book, she confesses that she lied about his being responsible for the crime. The rest of Lay Death at Her Door by Elizabeth Buhmann is an effort to understand Kate and her reasons for behaving the way she does. Along the way, the reader is treated to a twisty, engrossing mystery.
There are many secrets in this book that are revealed little by little, and hesitate to spill the beans on any of them. I can say that Kate is a quite unlikeable narrator. It is clear that he view is tarnished and self-serving and there are many aspects of her character that are disturbing. She has a nearly pathological relationship with her father, who rarely lets her out of his sight. She is willing to commit adultery, and she has no issues with telling convenient lies. Throughout the book, I had a sense that she only told convenient truths, and I was right.
I enjoyed the sense of place and Buhmann does a great job at taking the reader into the mind of someone so unlikable. I wish that I understood the other characters as well as I understood Kate, though. Since the novel was limited by first-person point of view, I understood why this could not be, but some of the secondary characters were fascinating.
My chief complaint about the novel is that it felt like it moved in fits and starts. I would get interested and fly through pages, and then get stuck and have to force myself to move along. I think this is because of the lack of depth in Kate’s thought processes. Yes, she has her reasons for doing things, but the exposition of these feelings was quite repetitive. In addition, there was a sense of moving from one plot point to another with a “telling” structure, rather than a “showing” one.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Regina