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The Grove by John Rector
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Mar 08, 2012

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bookshelves: location-us, mystery, reviewed
Read from March 07 to 08, 2012

There are some books where the main character is purposely tough to identify with, which is very much the case with The Grove. Dexter is a difficult character to understand, to love and even sympathize with. He has of mental illness that is never outright identified, but he is supposed to take medication otherwise he hallucinates and has blackouts during times of extreme emotion. And after one of these blackouts Dexter finds the body of a teenage girl in the grove behind his house. Since he can't be sure he didn't accidentally kill her, Dexter takes it upon himself to investigate and try to find out who did kill her.

What follows is a quick read with a unique voice. I never fully connected with any of the characters, but then Dexter has trouble connecting to people and the book is told through his point of view. This is one of the few instances where first-person POV really worked for me because Dexter has such a unique voice and view of the world. I found myself unsure just what was real and what was the makings of Dexter's mind. I found myself frustrated because I couldn't fully understand the poor choices he was making, although they clearly made sense to him.

The Grove isn't a perfect book, but it's an interesting read with a very different voice. Also, considering how short the novel is, there is a lot in here including the painful back story of Dexter and his wife, and half a dozen or so characters that are all important in some way throughout.

I would rate it 3.5 stars.

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