**spoiler alert** I have to admit I found it preeeeety unpleasant.
The prose was interesting from moment to moment but I've found the more I get invol**spoiler alert** I have to admit I found it preeeeety unpleasant.
The prose was interesting from moment to moment but I've found the more I get involved in true crime stuff (I run a podcast) the less I tolerate certain aspects of it in my entertainment.
I don't usually mind sexy content AT ALL but in this context I found it fairly distasteful, especially when it got to the weird quasi-romance with the son Desmond. Even with the whole Poe escapism framework thing, the sex scenes were *just* on the wrong side of romance prose and it made me queasy. If I were not reading this for a book club I would have abandoned it after the first rape scene.
For a story which is ostensibly about a place which effectively stripped everything away from these women but their internal world... there wasn't very much in the way of characterisation.
The women were all pretty much relegated to either "in your face mom type", "weak bootlicker type" or "precious cinnamon bun to good for this world". And then surprise surprise the one note weird oogy creepy girl no one can get close to or understands even a little (whose name I don't remember and which I can't even find online) is the one who blows up the place!
It seemed like the author was trying to get across that Inara had (understandably!) conflicting feelings about Desmond but it fell really flat. It was like three completely separate women, one who really seemed to love him, one who was manipulating him, and one who was Miss Stockholm Syndrome 2017.
The "Senator Mom" subplot was practically ripped wholecloth out of The Silence of the Lambs and really on a whole the ending felt lazy and rushed. After the long languid prose of the rest of the book it felt tacked on to make a publishing deadline and the revelation of Sophia being a butterfly was a) unnecessary and b) completely left field. All of the explanation and foreshadowing for this happened pretty much on the same page as the reveal. I had an incredible amount of difficulty even following that section but I was so excited at the prospect of finally finishing I didn't actually care enough to slow down to parse it all.
The dynamic between Inara and the interviewers was interesting, but I can't say I would recommend it on the strength of that....more
Poorly written and apparently mostly fictitious! Absolutely do not waste your time or money. I had to force myself to finish chapter one, much less thePoorly written and apparently mostly fictitious! Absolutely do not waste your time or money. I had to force myself to finish chapter one, much less the whole book. It reads as if he was being paid by the word. When people asked me why I was so annoyed I simply showed them page two. I wish I could post an excerpt here to save you but I'm sure that would be against copyright rules. The writing style is bloated with unnecessary (and apparently sometimes completely fictitious) detail, which is unforgivable in a true crime story spanning 16 years, 37 supposed victims, and a supporting cast of hundreds. ...more