Sunday, August 23, 2015
Little Pretty Things
Author: Lori Rader-Day [Website][Facebook][Twitter]
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
Length: 300 pages
Obtained: Library copy
Why this book/Comments:
I received a poster of Summer Reads that I wanted to post at work. I was going through the list and this was one of three still on order. It sounded like an interesting mystery, and I wanted to know when it was cataloged to add the call number, so I put it on hold.
When it came in I went back and forth about whether I should read it, but finally decided to try. I was hardly in when I started feeling dread. I thought I knew some of the mystery, and I don't like that sort of thing. But I had already started, so I pushed on. As I continued reading I started thinking about how the author's name sounded familiar. And I realized why.
I heard Lori Rader-Day speak on a panel at the 2015 Printer's Row Lit Fest (I looked it up for this post, and the panel was called "The Characters You Love To Hate"). At the time I had decided her books were probably too dark for me, and I wasn't going to read this.
Now I found myself in a position where the books are still darker than I like (touching on subject matter I find literally nauseating), but I'm reading one anyway.
So oh, I knew what was coming long before Juliet did (though she wasn't head-slap stupid about it so much as a combination of naiveté at the time and not seeing the big picture because she was in the small part of it). And I knew who (or partially). The story had me churning a bit. But it was good and well written. And I will probably read more, but I need something light to follow.