Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book deserves my five star rating because it is genuinely unputdownable. I have it loaded on my Kindle and found myself reading it on my phone app as I walked with my dog. I just could not stop reading this compelling story.
It is hilarious. It is a diary in the style of Bridget Jones but, the diarist is a serial killer. How can that be humorous? Trust me. It is.
Everybody has had at least one moment in their life where they say to themselves, or even out loud, “I could kill him (or her)!”
The difference is that Rhiannon actually follows through and kills those people whom she wishes to be dead. My worry is that I felt myself empathising with her. I agreed with her that most of her victims deserved to die. I say “most” because there were a couple who definitely did not deserve their fate.
Each chapter commences with Rhiannon’s latest list of those who deserve to die. The people on her list range from paedophiles and supermarket checkout operators who squeeze her bread.
Although it is implausible that a serial killer like Rhiannon could avoid detection and capture, it is just almost possible that luck could be on her side. She makes mistakes. It seems that those who are trying to capture the killer make even bigger mistakes.
The ending is an almost criminal cliff-hanger which compels you to read the next instalment without delay.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough and I guarantee that the dark antics of Rhiannon will make you chuckle out loud.
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