August 27th 2008 06:29 am

Beyond Reach

I’d never heard of Karin Slaughter before I picked up this book over the weekend.  All I wanted was something to read while riding the bus around Manhattan, ya know?  In one of the blurbs on the cover, the Washington Post calls her “one of the best crime novelists in America.”  Maybe.  There were certainly enough plot twists to rival a bowl of spaghetti.

The characters we’re supposed to like are likable.  The scum we’re supposed to hate are quite slimy.  There was even a nice selection of characters who were definitely in a gray zone.

But did I mention the twisty plot?  Honesty, there were moments when it was hard to keep track of who was doing what, and why.

And the ending?  Oh, that sucked.  Interesting symmetry… but I don’t think Slaughter needed to turn the book into such a downer.  Now I’m afraid to read any more of her books because I’m afraid they’ll piss me off too just like this one did.  When I read fiction, I want entertainment.  I want to step out of the real world for a while.  And yeah, I want happy endings.  Is that too much to ask for in fiction?

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2 Responses to “Beyond Reach”

  1. haleyhughes on 27 Aug 2008 at 12:41 pm #

    I love happy endings (hence the fixation with romance novels), yet I have to call you out on this one. You’re insisting that your *crime* novels have happy endings? :)

    Or are you just insisting that there be some sort of justice at the end, and you were deprived of justice here?

    haleyhughes’s last blog post: Doodle Water

  2. Kelly on 27 Aug 2008 at 1:16 pm #

    As far as the “crime” part of the novels go, yes… justice is important. But I’m also looking at the personal lives of the characters. Do things work out well? Is everything status quo? Or has everything gone to hell in a hand basket? Obviously, I want things to work out well for the good guys, and the bad guys should all have miserable lives. I’m kind of vindictive like that. LOL

    But Slaughter did a bad thing to a good character. I find myself becoming displeased when that happens.

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