Top critical review
This book definitely has twists and turns, but they left me feeling revolted instead of captivated.
Reviewed in Australia on 6 November 2021
I really wanted to love this book - the first pick of a newly formed book club.
But I found myself hating the main character, hating the writing style (short sentences, jolted…much like the content).
And there were so many moments where I felt shocked, revolted and incredibly confused. (Why on earth is there an alligator as a pet and WHY does it need to be flushed down the toilet???)
I think it needs to come with a trigger warning with so many disturbing scenes throughout it. (Child abuse, rape, drowning)
The kudos I can give this book is that it kept me reading, because I wanted to know how it ended…but I finished the book feeling relieved I didn’t have to live life through (this) Elle’s eyes any longer.