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Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth

Weirdo - Cathi Unsworth

Read on September 24, 2013

 

My lately favourite genres are southern gothic and its variant,stripped from any kind of spirituality or paranormal motifs, country noir.

 

Weirdo is the great example of the second genre (even if there was some hints of paranormal stuff), only with a much different setting - it's Norfolk, England.

 

The main character, Sam Ward, reinvestigates a cold case, twenty year old Satanic ritualised murder, supposing miscarriage of justice. The guilty one is Corrine Woodrow, imprisoned for life in the mental institution. As he digs, he sinks deeper in deeper in complicated web of small town's connections.

 

The writing is good, the split narrative doesn't confuse the reader (it happens a lot), the plot is very interesting. All of this makes Weirdo a real page turner. I've read it in one sitting.