Genre: Ya, Contemporary, Mystery.
Year Of Publication: March 20th 2018
Publisher: Amulet Books.
Pages: Hardcover, 336 pages.
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This book has some dark and mature themes. Brothels, prostitute and suicide being the most dominant ones. It also talks about racism. So you will have to be a little beware going into this one.
The story is about Marsden, who is sixteen and lives in a town called Glory. The town is a whole lot of shady. With several illegal business and also questionable police officers and town witches. It has a brothel which fronts as a b&b and a covert which is deemed sacred ground where people come to commit suicide. Marsden family is the owner of the covert and it’s right beside the front b&b where her mother works as a prostitute.
Marsden, for growing up in the environment she grew up in is very mature, determined and fiercely protective of her little sister Wynn. She looks in the covert for bodies daily so she could find them before her sister does, and reports them to the police. She also skims some money from them so she could have enough funds so she could escape the life they are living, with her sister.
This whole story has a whole lot of bleak and bleary darkness surrounding it with constant suicides happening and all the on going of a brothel. It also has a little dash of magical realism in the form of talking to the dead shindig.
I liked the character of Marsden. She was so headstrong and fierce. And her love and protectiveness for Wynn knew no bound. She has this whole bubble to protect herself, her own little world where she hid from all the stares and pointing of the world. I wasnt bothered by her skimming because she did in the end do it for self protection and a bigger goal.
Jude, was interesting. He was kind and nice. His friendship with his friends and boss was refreshing to see. And how they all kept him on the ground all the while when so many demons were chasing him.
The relationship in this book was the most fun for me. I loved how they were kinda opposite of each other but also the same. How they came together and were fighting kinda the same demons. Their dynamic, thoughts and conversations together were the best part for me to read. They were the things that kept me invested in the story.
The writing of this book had a little problems for me. Although I like all the themes and topics it discusses…. the pacing and dialogues were problem for me.
There would go two or three page and their would be no dialogues just a lot of inner thoughts and descriptions… They were kinda exasperating and made you loose interest in the story and started dragging it around.
You cannot tell the time period this story is set in. The lack of technology and all the lack of mention of gizmos makes me thing some where in the mid 90’s? I don’t know for sure.
This book tackles topics like forgiveness, racism, moving on, and also just basic human behavior and mental questions and why people do something’s. It also deals with guilt. And fate and why things just happen.
Over all, Did I enjoy the book? YES!! Did it makes me uncomfortable sometimes? YES. Was it super weird? YES.
I would say it’s a contemporary, set somewhere in the 90’s with dark questioning themes but also has lot of light hearted fullness. It has this whole persona of dark seedy shady 90’s town. And you kinda do end up enjoying it.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy!