Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
What Dies in Summer, by Tom Wright
This book had the same creepy balance of humor and suspense as To Kill a Mockingbird. The kids, Biscuit and L.A., are sheltering with their grandmother from the dangers of Biscuit's brutal stepfather and L.A. abusive father during a summer when three young girls are found mutilated and strangled. Their observations are funny and their actions often brave in spite of the violence of their lives. Biscuit is haunted by ghosts and guilt for the people he couldn't save, and L.A.'s future is uncertain in light of what she had to do to survive. Gram, Mrs. Kepler, and Sheriff Don were my favorite adults.