Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Wedding Gift

Kathleen McKenna

Kathleen McKenna's explosive third novel The Wedding Gift excels in so many categories, it defies them all.

It is a spine-electrifying supernatural tale where a huge Southern States mansion contains one of the most terrifying, violent and indeed psychopathic ghosts to haunt any town.

It is also a murder mystery--why did Robina Willets apparently kill all five of her young children, and her husband, before stabbing herself to death?

And, if you are in the camp of believing that "justice...just is not," then this will have you frothing at the mouth with righteous social fury.

Add to that the vision of two exceptionally beautiful girls lying on a landing stage in the middle of a secluded lake, sleeping naked in the sun...

...and then see if you fan find any consecutive ten minutes in this book when you don't at least snicker at the herio0ne Leeann;s sly, caustic, sometimes knowing, sometimes "too stupid to live" commentary.

My Take:

The Wedding Gift was an interesting read, to say the least.  I found myself riveted despite the almost total lack of likable characters.  However, I think the rather annoying narrator was written that way intentionally, and I actually found her to be quite funny.  The pacing of the story was really one of its strengths.  There weren't really any lulls to speak of, and the final twists and turns, while disturbing,  definitely did the overall story a favor.  I enjoyed the humor throughout the book, but I definitely think it was a polarizing, slightly off-kilter sort of humor.  You either get it and love it, or you don't get it and hate it.  Overall I very much enjoyed the story, it wasn't perfect, but I honestly can't put my finger on how to make it better, specifically.  Therefore, I rate it a 3, Find a Used Book Store.

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel.

If this book were a movie it would likely be rated R due to strong language throughout, sexual content, some violence (though the violence was more PG-13) and drug use

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

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1 comment:

Sam said...

Sounds like the perfect Halloween read!


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