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Most Helpful Favorable Review

93 out of 97 people found this review helpful.

Disturbing But Compelling

This was Flynn's first novel, but I read her second (unrelated) novel, Dark Places, first. Both do have points of similarity. Both have very damaged protagonists and both have great voices and striking prose. Both have disturbing themes and imagery. I liked this one muc...
This was Flynn's first novel, but I read her second (unrelated) novel, Dark Places, first. Both do have points of similarity. Both have very damaged protagonists and both have great voices and striking prose. Both have disturbing themes and imagery. I liked this one much more though. Her next book has if anything an even more memorable and well-drawn protagonist and ambitious structure--but in this one the resolution made much more sense; it really held together with a wicked twist in the end.

This isn't a genteel drawing room mystery but very gritty and noirish. This story deals with two child murders in a small Missouri town where the little girls had their teeth ripped out. The protagonist, Camille Preaker, is a reporter who returns to her hometown to cover the story. In isolation Camile might seem extreme, even repulse a reader with her self-destructive actions--she has a history as a cutter and if she's not an alcoholic, she's clearly on the way. But in the context of her family and hometown her behavior is explicable and sympathetic. Her mother is among the more well-drawn human monsters I've read in a work of fiction and yet seems just all of a piece in her setting--Flynn is very good at invoking the sharp cruelties in this small town across generations. The novel is a well-paced, compelling read I won't soon forget.

posted by Lisa_RR_H on July 7, 2010

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12 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

Meh

After reading rave reviews, I found this book to be boring and predictable. Flynn's use of dark elements (cutting amongst many other psychological problems in the family) was there just as a sad excuse of a literary device. There was cruelty for cruelty's sake which did...
After reading rave reviews, I found this book to be boring and predictable. Flynn's use of dark elements (cutting amongst many other psychological problems in the family) was there just as a sad excuse of a literary device. There was cruelty for cruelty's sake which didn't help develop the characters. All the praise Flynn is getting for her novels and writing styles is ill placed. If you're looking for characters with problems that might actually touch you, pass on this book. Try a Janet Fitch novel as it will be worth the $10 you saved by not getting this book.

posted by 716682 on August 23, 2012

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