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As Dark as My Fur by Clea Simon
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Dec 16, 2016

really liked it
Read in December, 2016

I read a lot of books per year. Every so often I crave something different. For me, this was that book. Yes, it's a crime fiction book but it's narrated by a cat! Well, sort of a cat, but shall we just say, physically a cat. It's not the first in the series and, although I usually don't like to jump in mid-series, there is enough explanation of the story so far included so that I managed to follow quite nicely.
I do have to admit that it did take me quite a while to get into the style of this book. As the narrator is for all intents and purposes a cat, everything is written from his perspective and that did take me a tad to get my head round right. That said, once I cracked that, I whizzed through the rest of the book.
Care is a young PI, inheriting her business and offices from her mentor. Well, she's about to get kicked out of her office, so she is desperately trying to find some paid work to get her through. Blackie however, with his catty-senses, is more discerning so, when Care meets her new client, he can smell that something isn't quite right and, being a cat without the power of speech, has to find other ways to communicate with her in order to protect her from the danger he senses.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was the cat bits. The grooming, the sleeping, the hunting. I have my own cat, and yes he is black and yes that's what drew me to the book in the first place, and I see that behaviour all the time and, in the context of the story, it was very well described.
As a story, I think it can be read on different levels. On face value for the mystery element of the story but, also if you choose to delve deeper, there are certain moral issues involved in the narrative.
Characterisation was also good. I found all the characters to be well described and therefore credible. I really felt for Care and her circumstances and her interactions with Blackie came across a real. You can really see the bond between the two of them.
The world in which the book is set was reminiscent of Dickensian times for me. The factories, the prisons, the poor people trying to eke out a living rather than go destitute. But in all this poverty and strife there's that glimmer of hope. There are still good people in the world and good things. It's not all dark and gloomy.
All in all, an interesting, different but satisfying read. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
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Clea Simon Thank you for taking a chance on Blackie and Care - and me!

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