7 October 2017

Sweetpea - Review

by C.J. Skuse

What they say: The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead…

I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcoholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder… 

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: Even months after I first read Sweetpea I can honestly say that I'm not entirely sure what to think about it. One second I loved the black comedy elements, the next I really disliked them.

I'm not the biggest fan of journal style stories but I had to move past this when reading Sweetpea. The good part of the diary style narrative is the insights we get into Rhiannon’s twisted mind. Needless to say some of her thoughts are hideously shocking. Not all the time though because sometimes she's unintentionally funny, but she really does come out with some shockers! 

The details! Boy does she go into detail with her murderous intensions. If black comedy and explicit descriptions are your thing then you'll probably love her warped and twisted thoughts.

I really wasn't sure what to make of the ending or the entire book to be honest. I did find myself laughing at some of Rhiannon’s antics - I'm not sure what this says about me. I have to admit I did find her particularly irritating for a lot of the story and although I've always liked darker stories I'm not entirely sure Sweetpea was for me.

2.5 Stars in my Sky!


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