21 March 2013

Theresa Weir - The Girl with the Cat Tattoo Review

What they say (Blurb & info): When a matchmaking cat takes it upon himself to find his young mistress a new mate, he accidentally stirs up memories better left forgotten. Melody's husband was murdered by what seemed a random act of violence. Two years later, the killer hasn't been caught, and Melody is coping in unhealthy ways. During the day she's a mild-mannered children's librarian, but at night she's a party girl, hanging out in bars, drinking with new friends, and often bringing home strange men. Although acquaintances have tried to keep in touch, Melody has cut herself off from most of the people in her old life. Max, her eccentric cat, doesn't approve of her new friends, he's tired of the parade of losers, and he finally takes it upon himself to find Melody a new man.
  • A short read at 30,000 words (e-book).
What I say: Told from the POVs of a matchmaking cat called Max, his owner Melody and new friend Joe, The Girl with the Cat Tattoo is a quirky and cute read with a kick!

Widowed children's librarian Melody has been drowning her sorrows with booze and a string of one night stands. Her Cat, Max takes it upon himself to find her a new mate and restore the previously happy life they had before David was murdered. Max has a fairly unique approach to finding Melody's mate and a list of criteria which include 'Nice voice. Nice hands. Not a cop'. The new mate must fit in with Max and his needs.

Melody is a nice, but slightly loopy character (she answers her door dressed as Pippi Longstocking). Heartbroken and lonely, Melody has been treading water, clinging on to David's memory. Joe is a nice guy with secrets that Melody may not be able to move past.

The best sections are without a doubt the ones from Max's POV. Theresa does a great job of using Max to lighten the mood, this Crime-Romance combo is really sad in places and Max helps to tell quite a poignant story.

At 30,000 words it's a short read, but absolutely hilarious in places. I'm generally not a cat person, but if I could find myself a Max then maybe I could be persuaded.

4 Stars in my Sky!

My fav non-spoilery quotes: 
  • Max had been a cat as long as he could remember, but he was pretty sure he'd been a rock star in one of his previous lives. He just had that kind of cool about him.
  • Homeless? Melody had a home, so maybe a homeless man would be a good mate.
  • Did Max need a kitty shrink?

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