by Cathi Unsworth
Weirdo is not a fun summer beach book. This is a dark book that tells a story using two timelines. 1984, the time of the brutal murder, and 2004, when the murder is being re-investigated by Sean Ward. But this really is a story of a rotten town, with the center of the sickness, the former Police Chief, still pulling the strings.
There are quite a few things to hold you back when you start reading Weirdo, many of the characters aren’t very likable, the scenes jump around quite a bit, and the written dialect of the fictional seaside town in Britain is hard to get into. But if you feel like you can handle jumping over these hurdles, and make it though the first third of the book, Weirdo will start to flow and pick up pace. There is a lot going on in the final third of the book, and you won’t want to put it down.
I thought that Ms. Unsworth wrote an interesting book, and used the dual timeline effectively, but I really didn’t like Weirdo. It’s just too dark and full of evil, rotten, perverse characters for my tastes. There are some good people in this book, but they haven’t lived in Ernemouth for very long.
I give Weirdo 3 Stars out of 5, and recommend it to fans of dark British literature.
Weirdo is an atmospheric thriller about a teenage girl convicted of murder in a 1980s seaside town and the private investigator who reopens the case to discover that she may not have acted alone . . . Corinne Woodrow was 15 when she was convicted of murdering one of her classmates on a summer’s evening in 1984, a year when the teenagers of Ernemouth ran wild, dressing in black and staying out all night, listening to music that terrified their parents. Twenty years later, new forensic evidence suggests that Corinne didn’t act alone. Private investigator Sean Ward — whose promising career as a detective with the Metropolitan Police was cut short by a teenage gangster with a gun — reopens the case. He discovers a town full of secrets and a community that has always looked after its own.
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: House of Anansi Press (August 12, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
About the Author
Cathi Unsworth began a career in journalism at 19 and has since worked for many music, arts, film, and alternative lifestyle journals. She has been called “the Queen of Noir” in the United Kingdom and is the author of four novels, including The Singer and Bad Penny Blues, and the editor of the award-winning crime compendium London Noir. She lives in London.
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