Wednesday, 8 January 2014

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
No One Else Can Have You
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population: 688) is no different. Around here, everyone wears a smile. And no one ever locks their doors. Until, that is, high school sweetheart Ruth Fried is found murdered. Strung up like a scarecrow in the middle of a cornfield.

Unfortunately, Friendship’s police are more adept at looking for lost pets than catching killers. So Ruth’s best friend, Kippy Bushman, armed with only her tenacious Midwestern spirit and Ruth’s secret diary (which Ruth’s mother had asked her to read in order to redact any, you know, sex parts), sets out to find the murderer. But in a quiet town like Friendship—where no one is a suspect—anyone could be the killer.

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

No One Else Can Have You(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
When her best friend Ruth is discovered dead in the corn field behind her house, 16-year-old Kippy knows that the police have the wrong man behind bars, and is determined to catch the real killer.
Who really killed Ruth? Can Kippy work it out in time? And how many crimes will she commit in the process?

This was quite a quirky story, with plenty of dark humour, and I actually found myself laughing!

Kippy was a bit of an odd girl. I don’t get how anyone could put up with the ridiculous nicknames her father used for her like ‘chocolate butt’, and ‘pimple’, but for some reason she never seemed all that embarrassed. I also didn’t quite get why she wore a utility belt everywhere, I mean, it’s not likely to make you very popular at school when you’re wearing a utility belt stuffed with notepads, pens, and a Dictaphone!

The storyline in this was pretty good, but I really wished that the mystery could have been better. I liked the fact that Kippy was trying to find the murderer when nobody else seemed to be, but her detective skills just seemed to get her in trouble rather than actually get her closer to finding the murderer which was frustrating. There also seemed to be a lot of back-stabbing in this book. The whole thing was very small-town-esque, and it seemed at times like everyone was just out for themselves, and quite happy to stab someone in the back if it would help them get what they wanted, or would make them more popular!
The police work in this book was also very small-town-esque, with things like a bad reputation, or name calling resulting in people saying – ‘he trashed my lawn, he’s obviously a murderer!’, ‘he called me a prude for not wanting to have sex with him so it’s obvious that he killed Ruth!’. Just ridiculous.

I have to say that I liked the dark humour in this one, I know it’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but I actually really liked it. I must have driven people nuts with my updates on Goodreads because I kept finding bits that I thought were really funny! Even the very beginning of this book was funny when the woman who discovered the dead girl told the police about the vandalism of her tree before mentioning that oh yes, there was a dead girl hanging from it!
The ending to this was okay, I liked the little twists, and I didn’t guess who the murderer was! I did find that the story dragged a bit after the 50% mark, but overall I enjoyed this book.
Overall; Quirky, with plenty of dark humour!
7 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. It's so weird that I never heard of this story before but now I am seeing it everywhere. I like quirky stories that are dark but make me laugh.