Weirdo

Weirdo

Book - 2013
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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.
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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