Weirdo

Weirdo

Book - 2013
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Publisher: Toronto :, Spiderline,, 2013
ISBN: 9781770893870
Branch Call Number: MYS F UNS
Characteristics: 407 pages ; 22 cm

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SCL_Justin Jul 22, 2017

Weirdo is about a British cold case investigator in 2003 looking into a witchcraft-connected murder from the 1980s. The story jumps between the two timelines so we see these teenagers' lives in a tourist town get disrupted in the buildup to the big crime while we watch the modern investigators try to unravel what actually happened. It's not too bad.

I came across Cathi Unsworth as an author in a list of "women writing noir" which I was very interested in, since noir fiction is so male-dominated. Weirdo, however doesn't feel like a noir book. It's a fine mystery, but didn't have the je ne sais quoi I was hoping for. Maybe it was just the witchcraft angle (which is handled well) that put it more in the realm of Carrie or the X-Files for me.

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nhoj
Mar 27, 2014

An enjoyable and quick read and I had trouble putting it down. A second look into a murder 20 plus years in the past is paralled with the telling of the actual events. Well formed characters and and a sense of the macabre keep the story moving very fast.

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