Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Book ~ "Shoot Me" (2006) Lesley Crewe

From Amazon ~ In the words of her psychology student daughter, Elsie Brooks is an enabler. She mothers everyone—her social work clients, her husband, her twenty-something daughters, and her reclusive sister who lives in the attic. Elsie is committed to taking care of everyone … everyone but herself. So when crazy Aunt Hildy writes to demand a bedroom in their Halifax home, Elsie can’t help but say yes. When Hilda arrives, she enchants and enrages the family with her moxie. That and her proclamation that she has hidden treasure in the house and the king’s ransom will go to whoever loved her most. When someone threatens Aunt Hildy, she responds with her trademark sass: “Go ahead. Shoot me. I dare you.” Whoever it is takes her up on it. Suddenly the house is turned topsy-turvy as Elsie’s family searches for a treasure that Elsie doesn’t believe even exists, and for a killer that could be any one of them.

I had high hopes for this book. It's set in Halifax, NS, and I didn't mind the writing style.

But I grew tired very quickly because the characters were so unlikeable, pathetic and absurd.

Aunt Hildy doesn't get murdered until halfway through the book and I can't say I was sad to see her go. And I wasn't satisfied to discover who killed her ... it was a ridiculous choice. When Aunt Hildy's story comes out, I didn't have any sympathy or compassion for her.

I wouldn't recommend this book.

1 comment:

Teresa said...

Good to know I can pass on this one.