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Riding In Cars With Girls Kindle Edition
"Very clever stories crammed with thrills and twists, I can't recommend this read highly enough." -- Julie Shaw, author of the best selling true crime saga, 'Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family'.
"Consistently tightly-paced, audacious and action-driven. In signature Jennings style, characters are damaged, damned and dangerous, and never quite what they seem. With herrecognisably distinctive, dynamic and subversive voice, Jennings' narrators take us on a twisting, twisted joyride with sex, violence and secrets at each sharp and screeching turn." -- For Books' Sake
- ASIN : B00SENEHLI
- Publisher : Starshy; 1st edition (April 16, 2015)
- Publication date : April 16, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 788 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 387 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1511673907
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,124,563 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The writing pops and sizzles. Graphic sex and violence done with high literary flair and panache. Highly recommended.
This review is cross-posted at Goodreads and on my blog, [...]
Evangeline Jennings does a good job of building up her dark and dangerous settings and scenarios. In a series of unconnected (apart from the girls and the cars thing) short stories, a series of plot's are played out that come straight from the noir theme park. The dialogue is crisp and clever, the settings are frequently dry and dusty or mean and nasty, although there's some in the story 911 that could have come straight from the Scandi-tourism bods.
The twisting of expectation is done so elegantly and seamlessly that there's nothing here at all that screams "setup". That idea of women on the edge is so convincingly delivered, so believable that there's not a speed bump in sight when it comes to accepting either plot or motivation. Everything in these short stories is as it should be when it comes to dark, twisted and desperate. The sex is explicitly love, lust and control; the drinking is hard; the language is profane and profound; and the cars, of course, are fast and dangerous. Anybody who has read the other short story collection, CARS & GIRLS will recognise the last story - CROWN VICTORIA from that so there's a good opportunity for a re-read right there.
Fans of noir stylings, of pointed, sharp and unexpected storytelling that pulls no punches, holds no bars and gets right up in your face really should be doing themselves a favour and reading both of these collections.
Author Jennings was an editor and contributor on Cars and Girls, an earlier Fem Noir collection from Pankhearst. This time out, she's flying solo. Each story has its own voice, but they are thematically linked by, duh, cars and girls. They proceed at reckless speed with a high body count. I recommend taking a break between stories to use the bathroom, tell your family you love them, and remind yourself that probably no one is trying to kill you. But if you find yourself compulsively turning the pages, I'll understand
"Firebird" starts off with a song quote and seems at first like a possibly shaggy story being told at a bar: the narrator met an alluring stranger who turned a sleepy town on its ear. This is a tale of revenge served very hot, with a devastating twist at the end.
"Escort" introduces a call-girl who has killed a powerful client, and the undercover cop who throws everything away to protect her. These two alternate narration right up to a twist ending that left me gasping.
"911" is part Scandinavian travelogue (structured like a Jarmusch movie, with long silences broken by occasional quirky utterances), part gritty fairy tale, with wise-cracking hero Alex riding a Porsche 911 to the rescue of Nikki, a sexy damsel in distress. After an early outburst of bloody action, this is the story of a long drive, and two people gradually opening up. The third-person narration cleverly and gracefully refrains from ever using a pronoun for protagonist Alex, who is biologically female but identifies as a man. Alex has trouble aplenty, but keeps the focus on getting Nikki to safety, and then on disappearing with a secret only hinted at in the narrative.
"Audi" follows Helen and Wendy, two teenagers from public housing, driving a stolen car in a road race that looks like their only ticket to a better life. Keeping to the identity theme, "Helen" is a street name and she never reveals any other. Wendy is Deaf but not disabled, as she demonstrates with her smarts and her driving. There's more than a little Springsteen in this tale of impulsive young lovers trying to break free the only way they know how.
"Trans Am" twists and twists again as the narrator travels Route 66 and gradually reveals layers and spirals of family dysfunction and abuse, right down to a shocker of an ending.
"Crown Victoria" was the jewel of Cars and Girls, and it was a pleasure to encounter it again in a new setting. Back then, I wrote, ". . . this story is thrilling and funny . . . and a surprising love story. It twists and twists again, and then when you think you have it figured out, twists one more time." Reading it a second time, I already knew the secrets, but that did not diminish the enjoyment. A tour de force of withheld information, the first-person narration never reveals the protagonist's name, age, biological sex, gender identity or preferred pronoun -- all information we've come to think we need in order to "know" a person. All of these things are hinted at and at the end, revealed, but by then, it hardly matters. The character has become a person. This is a story of rescue and revenge, with lots of bloody violence, explicit, rough sex, and an epic American road trip. More than that, it is a story of how much a person might risk for the one they love.
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