Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

3 stars
R- 2
copy received for review

Kind of a weird book... Feels like the '40s, and yet takes place today. Main character is a smoking, swearing, bully of an almost-10-year-old... that was hard for me to get past. I have an almost 10-year-old and no, just no.

Also a weird paranormal vibe... except that in 258 pages there are only 2 incidents and a vague referencing of a third... so the book didn't feel paranormal and they just felt weirdly out of place.

My copy is an uncorrected proof, though, so it's possible that some issues were resolved before publication. (Certainly hoping the punctuation/spacing/spelling issues were all caught, lol.)

Overall it was an interesting format, covering just 24 hours and using repetition to create a certain atmosphere.  The writing was good, I just couldn't really get into any of the characters enough to really love it.

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