Gratifying long and convoluted. I like that it stretches out over such a long time span. There's an expansive quality to the large cast and to the very many secrets being kept by everyone. It was fun: I never even thought about trying to solve it, I just let it flow over me, longingly observing every cigarette smoked. There's a ban on smoking areas at the front door of businesses, so the cloud of smoke is a nostalgic element from the 20th century for me.
This is a kindle book I won from a Goodreads giveaway.
I loved this book and every character. I will definitely be reading the others in the series as they come out. This was my first time reading a book by Kylie Brant and now I want to look up more of her books.
Eryn Pullman was 9 years old when she was found with the dead body of her mother. Her mother had been stabbed to death and Eryn was found with the bloody knife. A judge sent her to a mental facility and at the age of 21 she is finally getting to go home. The local community is not happy about that though and tries to block their way onto the property. The sheriff has to intervene. A short time later a child-killer escapes from a forensic facility that was a few miles from where Eryn had been kept. Multiple agencies are called in to help find him as fast as possible and hopefully, before he kills another child. In the course of going through the escapee's room and possessions they discover he had an MP3 player but the songs changed to speech. They discover the man had been listening to Eryn's patient notes from her doctor. Why? No one knows but all the agencies are racing against the clock to stop him before he hurts someone.
I'm not feeling like a full review today so I'll limit this to only a few comments.
*The Ozarks in which this book takes place seem to have nothing in common with the OZARK Netflix show.
*I have no doubt in my mind that life in some areas of the Ozarks is as brutal as it's depicted in this book. Poverty, drug use, tight family units, and long-held multi-generational grudges are just part of the miserable lives examined here.
*I couldn't help but feel for 16 year old Ree who just wanted to join the army and get the hell out of there. Due to her mother's mental illness and her two young siblings, her hands were tied. It's hard to escape family.
*I thought this book was savage with sharp, vivid prose-sometimes so sharp it stabbed me right in the heart.
*I enjoyed WINTER'S BONE, as much as one can enjoy a story this violent and merciless. I look forward to sampling more of Daniel Woodrell's work in the future.
*Recommended for those with the wherewithal to stomach the brutalities of this rural, mountain life. You have been warned!
This one was one weird cookie. And for my first forage in Duras, not an auspicious one.
The premise, such as there is one, is interesting (when we finally get to glimpse wtf, but hey, if you made it to page 3, you know the writing is... hard to get used to would be my kind assessment), and some of the way it's approached rings true. But 90 pages of it in a weird literary flight and such a dreary tone? Big pass.
It's like taking a Nîn short story, stretch it 5 times it's length, take all the joy of it till the erotic label barely applies, add some strange (maybe theatric cues? Maybe meta? Who even knows!) paragraphs, and presto, depressing incomprehensible shit for you.
*sigh* We bought an extra book of hers this august. Wonder if I'll ever read it.