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Well, That was a Cheerful Little Story
Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2019
I am an avid reader of murder mysteries. I don't know why I prefer this genre over others. I will leave that question to the social sciences. As books go, this one is well constructed, readable, and all the commas are in the right place. But It's a downer. And because it's a downer, I think it's good for people like me to read. It's good to be reminded that real people end up subject to brutality. It's good to be confronted with evidence that our culture does not, in fact, regard all human life as equally worthy. It's good to be compelled to acknowledge that violent crime leaves more than just the victim in pieces: It tears families apart, it leaves loved ones sick with guilt over wondering how they could have prevented it, it turns friendly--or at least civil--neighbors into beasts snarling at one another, straining at the chains of restraint or wisdom, wanting only to tear into one another. Finally, it is sobering to learn that in the real life versions of stories that I read for entertainment, seldom do grim-jawed heroes come bursting through the door at the last second, to save the innocent and bring the evildoers to justice. Lost Girls left me immensely sad because of its truth, I'm thinking of switching to comic books for awhile.