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The Bad Seed by William March
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Apr 29, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, read-in-2008, adult-fiction
Read in December, 2008

The Bad Seed is one of my all-time favorite films so, of course, I wanted to read the novel it was based on. William March’s The Bad Seed truly teaches readers not to judge a book by its cover and is even darker than the film adaptation. On the surface, the main character, Rhoda Penmark appears to be a polite, conservative eight-year old girl, but her mother soon realizes that her daughter is capable of horrible things. When Rhoda does not receive the Fern School’s annual Penmanship medal, she becomes obsessed with it. After the little boy who won the medal suspiciously drowns at a school picnic, Rhoda’s mother starts to unravel the child’s lies and realizes her daughter will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

March’s novel is suspenseful, haunting, and riveting. It combines elements of typical mystery novels with complex ideas of whether humans are born evil or if their environment influences their choices. Overall, this novel is thought-provoking, entertaining, and a great read!

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