Original 2011 review Sara Gran, where have you been all my life? Or more specifically, the last two weeks, when I couldnt find anything to read that inspired more than a meh? This book is superb. The writing is sharp, crisp, fresh, bracing, a punch in the jaw. I finished this in roughly two hours on Sunday night & I am still thinking about Joey and the raw old hand she got dealt. Magnificent.2014 re-reading review Im doing a Sara Gran re-read leading up to Halloween because I dont have enough on my to-read table as it is - yeah right.
Some authors are just worth the time it takes to revisit their work, and this is just as damnably exquisite as I remembered. The only thing thats changed is me- Ive now read quite a bit more 50s noir & I can see even more clearly how well Gran can hang alongside the big boys & girls of the genre. Every word in this is perfect, nothing wasted & nothing out of place. This book is still a punch in the jaw - but a beautiful one! - and the ending is just as heartbreaking & spectacular as it was the first time.