"Your mother had the brains of a louse! And it seems to me she´s transmitted those brains to her children." He raised himself suddenly up. A red spot appeared on each cheek. His voice came high and shrill. "You´re not worth a penny piece, any of you! I´m sick of all of you! You´re not men! You´re weaklings - a set of namby-pamby weaklings. Pilar´s worth any two of you put together! I´ll swear to heaven I´ve got a better son somewhere in the world than any of you, even if you are born the right side of the blanket!"
When it comes to dysfunctional families, the Lee family definitely takes the cake. A very toxic Christmas to all of them.
Christie clearly must have had fun writing the character of Simeon Lee, the old patriarch of the family. Otherwise I can´t explain all the cackling and sinister hand-rubbing his character is doing throughout the story.
It´s so much fun and so far I´m having a blast with this book.