Synopsis: This genre-bending eBook bundle proves that not only is Karin Slaughter “one of the best crime novelists in America” (The Washington Post), she’s one of today’s very best writers, period. From the hallucinatory noir novella Go Deep to the twisted short stories “Necessary Women” and “Remmy Rothstein Toes the Line,” this collection showcases the New York Times bestselling author’s dark humour, limitless imagination, and masterly command of voice and character. ~full synopsis can be found on Amazon/Goodreads etc~
My Rating: 3/5
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Well first and foremost I cannot stress how much I love Karin Slaughters’ books…except, unfortunately, this one. That is not to say it is a bad book. In fact, 3/5 means that I enjoyed some of the book but overall it was not one I will be shouting about from the rooftops.
The first story, Go Deep, started off really good. I liked the characters in that they were interesting and had a certain something about them. For me, this story reminded me a lot of something Stephen King would write. I liked the plot and thought it was clever in the sense of how it developed but the ending disappointed me. I know it is a short story but felt that just a little bit more would have made it much better.
The second story, Necessary Women, was bar far my favourite of the three. Unfortunately it was also the shortest and seemed to jump so quickly that I had to stop every now and again to make sure I hadn’t miss something. This should have been the longest story in my view…in fact, if there was more development of the characters it may have bumped my review to a 4*.
Now the final story, Remmy Rothstein Toes the Line was by far the worst of the three, for me anyway. I just found the way it was written to be slightly annoying. I love the bizarre, the macabre and the weird…but this was just..well…I cannot even describe it.
The first two stories on their own may have led to a 4* review overall as I did enjoy the stories and the characters had some substance to them. Unfortunately the last story just changed the whole feel for me.
What I will say though, at the end of this book is a Chapter of Karin’s next book: Pretty Girls and I was gripped instantly so I am very much looking forward to this.
I did not go much into the actual stories in my review as the full synopsis (a short story in itself) explains the stories so no point repeating. And some of you may enjoy the book, so if it is your cup of tea that is great…just was not mine.