But, first, this week's book round-up. Two terrific must-reads for mystery lovers - and two books that I'm so sorry to have picked up! LOL
Now, how disparate are those threads? The book is about a 30 year old Manson-like thrill killing spree and a contemporary copy cat killing. And there is a film being made of the original gruesome crime that has been plagued by disasters, including deaths, of the people involved in the making of it. So why disparate? Because the protagonist and main character in the book is young mother/widow of a war hero who works as a cook in a gourmet diner and is being stalked by her ex-lover. And she has absolutely nothing to do with the film, the original murders or the copy-cat murders. How is that for out of left field? LOL
I loved this book. I enjoyed every page. The characters are vivid and sharply drawn. The plot is complex and smart. The dialogue is believable and each character has a voice of their own. And I enjoyed that it was about Hollywood film and celebrities and nostalgia - but takes completely in Washington state. I found the whole thing refreshingly original. This is one of my rare 5 star reviews! I think it's about as close to perfect as a murder mystery gets!
Very disappointing to me. I thought this was going to be a mystery thriller. And, it sort of
is ... but it's supernatural and, basically, an excuse for chapter
after chapter of soft porn. I've never been a fan of soft porn. I have
always equated soft porn with real life sex: soft just doesn't get the
job done. Okay - too much information, I know. But, it bored me silly.
One dead ex-lover's spirit inhabits the body of a new lover and makes the life of the main character a living hell. It's a living hell for a bazillion chapters while he has supposedly mind-blowing sex.
Just not my cup of tea. If you like this kind of thing, I suppose it was bizarre enough to keep one reading. I only kept reading because I thought it was going to turn out that somebody was trying to drive the main character crazy or something. Nope. It was what it was.
As much as I disliked the book, I really disliked the publisher's advertising and found it disingenuous and misleading. And that quote from Stephen King on the cover raving about it? - how much did they pay for that?!
Something about UK (and Scandinavian) serial killers is creepier than
our American ones...or, at least the fictional ones. Perhaps I've just
read too many American serial killer novels and watched too many of our
films and television series. But, they do tend to be doggedly similar.
These Brits are really wacky and loonier tunes than I would be able to
come up with LOL.
This novel works on three levels: the serial killer (who 'steals' tattoos - especially full body ones - from his murder victims); the tattoo artist who is avoiding her exhusband, the serial killer, and might have a thing for the detective in charge of the case (even though she's a boho tattoo artist rebel and naturally anti-police); and the police detective who is a jaded, sour fellow who is still grieving his murdered wife and young daughter.
Now doesn't all that sound cheerful? This is one dark, edgy, twisty and twisted noir-ish tale.
It's terrific. I loved it. I read the whole thing in one night ... though it did take me the whole night. It's well written; tight and concise and Ms. Belsham has a knack for describing horrifying murder scenes without being graphic and downright disgusting.
And, if you're of a mind, there are some fab ideas for tattoos!
I have a feeling if you read French and got a copy of the book in the original language, it would be quite good. But, this is like trying to listen to music while you're underwater.
And that's it for this week! Here are two more promised images of beautifully crafted silk ribbon embroidery samples. I wish I knew the artists who created them so I could find more of their work. I'm afraid I have to be satisfied with these!
Beverly's Pink Saturday Blog Hop!
And then - go make something beautiful!