Wednesday, July 6, 2011
THE CRAIGSLIST MURDERS by Brenda Cullerton
This novel is satirical in nature but also goes further than that. Charlotte has a lot of pent up rage (obviously) and we learn about her childhood, growing up wealthy until her father made some bad investments. But Charlotte's mother was cruel and sadistic as she tried to make her daughter into the perfect little girl. Charlotte has few friends and is quite lonely. She has constant nightmares about her childhood.
Cullerton does a great job of describing all of the shallow, rich, elitists who go through money the way most of us go through water. Sadly, these people are all too real in life. I found myself rooting for Charlotte. One of her clients destroys a $15,000 toilet after catching one of the workers using it. Another is devastated over her husband cheating on her until he takes her on a very expensive and exclusive safari in Botswana. I almost wished Charlotte could kill her clients!
This was a quick, enjoyable read with a little more depth than I expected. Unless you are one of those Upper East Siders, I think you will find this book a good summer read.
my rating 4/5