Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review: LITTLE DEATHS by Emma Flint

Publisher Hachette
Length 10hrs 10mins
Format audiobook
Published 2017
Series Standalone
My Copy I bought it

My Review
Set in 1965, Little Deaths takes the reader on a gut wrenching and disturbing ride of crime as a young, over enthusiastic (and obsessive, boarding on creepy) reporter becomes enthralled in a kidnap case which evolves into the murder of two young children; their mother, the attractive and flirtatious Ruth Malone the key suspect. 

There is little mystery as the book opens with Ruth in prison, we don't know what for at this point and even when the murder conviction is handed down much latter, the impact is not lessened by having already known the outcome. As Emma Flint develops Ruth and Pete's story throughout the book, I couldn't help but hope the reporter would turn over some evidence or find a stone left un-turned which unearthed a new character key to the crime; this is a sure sign of good writing. 

Despite my praise and overall feeling of sanctification having read Little Deaths, some of the interviews between Pete and bit-characters did cause the story to meander a little. I get that this added some realism; not every interview conducted by a reporter leads to startling revelations, but perhaps a slightly shorter route would've been more beneficial, it's a slight criticism though. 

Narrated by Lauren Fortgang (who also narrated the excellent, Megan Abbott's You Will Know Me (2016)) and Graham Halstead (who primarily narrates the story from Pete, the reporters perspective), Little Deaths gets a boost to an already interesting and engaging story-line by virtue of a great audio performance. Whilst initially jarring, the switch in narrative perspective was well planned and executed.  

Little Deaths is a very good read with a superb ending. For readers of crime fiction, it offers a nice splash of diversity to the genre in the way the story is told. I recommend picking up the audio edition.

5 / 5 stars.