Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
Published by Random House Audio on Sept 26, 2006
Genres: Adult, Mystery
Format: Audiobook from Library
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WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.
NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.
HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.
This was a seriously messed up story. I spent a lot of time trying to decide if I like it or not, and I just can’t decide. There are just so many elements at play that it’s difficult for me to figure out exactly what I thought of the book.
Camille has had a very messed up life, with a messed up family, and lived in a very messed up town. Combined, there was just nothing “normal” in the story, and I think this lack of backdrop made it hard to take in everything. And there was a lot to take in. Not just the current mystery of who is killing people, but also the multitude of issues that Camille has. It just made for an overwhelming dark and twisted story.
The audiobook narration was pretty good. The voice fit Camille, complete with small town Southern accent. There wasn’t a lot of emotion or depth to the narration, but that seemed to fit Camille’s character. There was a very melodic quality to it that made it easy to listen to.
Overall, while I’m not entirely sure I liked the story, it was a definite experience that I’ve thought about quite a bit. And every time I’m left thinking “what did I just read” because it was so messed up.