“The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.”
I'd heard of this novel before, but it wasn't until it was long-listed for the Women's Prize that I decided to actually read it. (The power of literary prizes in work right here, people.) It's about a woman who is called upon to clean up when her sister accidentally kills her boyfriend, and it's not the first time. This is the ultimately black comedy - dry and punchy - and it really pays off.
It's also got a lot of things I like: short chapters, flawed characters and an interesting moral backdrop. I flew through it, finishing it in a only few days. It definitely deserves a place on the long-list, if not the short-list as well. Another very unique book, perfectly executed by a very talented writer. I will definitely keep an eye out for the author in the future and will probably recommend this to others for a while.
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*Please note this was given to me by the publisher free of charge.