Becca has everything figured out. She has a hot, disposable boyfriend from the wrong side of the tracks, a golden ticket to any university of her choosing and a plan to get out of her suffocating hometown. She is better than the sad, small-town losers who are were born and live and stay in Bridgeport.
But everything comes off the rails for Becca when a mystery girl, whose life is very much like her own, is found brutally murdered on the side of a country road.
This is a book about how one murder affects everything and everyone it touches. It exposes the evil simmering just below the surface of small towns, of small people and of Becca herself.
|Here's a picture of Pekoe in a deerstalker to keep your spirits up|
This is a book about human nastiness and cruelty. So everyone (especially Becca) is nasty and cruel to each other. There's a lot of sex and violence and hopelessness (and somewhere in the middle of this review I turned into Helen Lovejoy). Nancy Drew, this ain't.
Not to say that this isn't a great book. It has gotten a lot of buzz for a reason. The writing is terse, descriptive and lyrical. I could not put it down until I found out what had happened to Amelia Anne. It is a gripping mystery in the style of Ian Rankin or Minette Walters: The events and people are so awful, you can't look away.