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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Helen's Book Blog said...

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

Bailey said...

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

mpartyka said...

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!

Julie G said...

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.