Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Book Review -- Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

My enjoyment rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Source:  Personal AUTOGRAPHED copy -- makes it even more disappointing

Sensitive reader:  Vulgar language

Larry Ott is his own version of Boo Radley – loner, taunted by neighborhood kids as “Crazy Larry”, misunderstood by his late parents. He only has one friend – Silas “32”Jones — and their shared history includes the mystery of a missing high school girlfriend and the mystery of their true relationship.

I was so disappointed in this book – no mystery, no suspense, only one suspect, no multiple layers to keep you guessing, a few manipulative toys to make you think there was intrigue, when in fact, the author was just blowing smoke.

This was a week of wasted reading. So I'm not going to waste anymore time on a review.

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  1. Oh it's so sad that you hated this book! I liked the character study more than the mystery, but I enjoyed it

  2. I didn't get past page 30! Glad to see I wasn't the only one who didn't get the point.

  3. oh no... either you have read some bad books in the last year or you are more candid than most (which I applaude). I love your honesty. I know a blogger who writes wonderful reviews even when they dislike the book... beaming reviews.

    Hope you have having a wonderful weekend!

  4. I wasn't a fan of this one either. I hated all of the comparisons to classic southern lit too - the South of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is so dark and so dreary with none of the charms, however small, included by authors like Harper Lee and Flannery O'Connor.