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So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman
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Nov 27, 2011

Read in November, 2011

On the surface this seems like a book I would love. A girl disappears in an economically depressed town. It sounded like Gillian Flynn crossed with Bonnie Jo Campbell, with a little bit of Chelsea Cain mixed in, and those comparisons were not wrong. But there was something missing here for me. I couldn't find anywhere to settle my sympathies and my interests--of the four characters I'd say were "main," I only felt like we really got to know the less interesting (and less important to the plot) two. Both the girl who is the victim and the girl who later figures in (don't want to give a spoiler) were ciphers to me, and the victim in particular seemed just like a familiar trope. The crime itself is horrific, but it's portrayed in a way that was too detached for me.

This book wasn't bad--it just didn't live up to my hopes for it.

Years after reading it, I still think of an element of the crime in Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects. I finished this book two days ago, and today I couldn't remember it at all.

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