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Purple Kitty: A Serena McKay Crime Novel (Serena McKay Crime Novels Book 1) Kindle Edition
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McKay has been abused, humiliated, tormented and degraded throughout her childhood and career. She takes on lost causes and hopeless cases which inevitably force her to confront head-on the callous establishment and its misogynist operatives. She knows exactly what it’s like to suffer abduction and rape, because she’s survived multiple episodes of each. She’s battered and bruised; angry and broken – yet somehow still in touch with her humanity and possessed of an overwhelming imperative to see justice done.
Oh, and she has an extra-special ‘something’ up her sleeve; a mild detour into the arena of paranormal abilities which I thoroughly enjoyed. The device wasn’t overused and slotted neatly into the author’s off-kilter near-future.
I also enjoyed: the plausible and slightly sinister evolution of American society. The clean and uncluttered use of language which kept the chapters flowing freely. The gradual reveal of McKay’s tormented back story, interspersed with her missing-child investigation. The growing insidious threat from the shadows which produced a rising sense of tension – the closer McKay comes to solving this case, the nearer she gets to confronting one of the appalling demons from her past.
I did feel that the pro-female vibe veered into anti-male at times, however. I suspect that male readers may feel unfairly tarred with an unpleasant brush – I felt pretty defensive on behalf of all the guys who don’t patronise, bully or abuse. However, I fully appreciate this is fiction, and the author’s hammering home her point about deep-seated bigotry which is so firmly rooted in some institutions that it’s almost invisible.
I’m also uncertain about the title – the purple kitty itself isn’t pivotal to the core story and a different title might’ve been less at odds with the novel’s hard-hitting and entirely adult themes.
I am, however, extremely keen to read the next Serena McKay story to find out what happens…
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All about a P.I. The story is written about a now P.I who used to be a detective. The story often goes into the past of the PI's life. The writing slips effortlessly from present to past thus enabling the reader to understand why the P.I named Serena came to be a P.I.
As the story unfolds, the reader is drawn into the murky world of mobster life and the awful world of child abuse. Throw in a sick serial killer, mix it all together and you have this well written book. There are a number of twists and turns.
A thoroughly enjoyable book. Don't get me wrong, it was not perfect, there were a number of spelling mistakes and there was a section at the beginning where I thought the writer had, unnecessarily gone into detail where it was not necessary and in fact was boring and generally speaking I would have taken a star away. However, the story was so good, so brilliantly written and I was left wanting to know more that I felt I could not take one away because I would have wanted to add on another star, so a five star it is. As a reader, I found myself drawn into the storyline.
A brilliant book. How long are we going to be kept waiting for the next instalment????
There's the missing child, the crimes Serena had to endure as a child and later as detective, abuse, rape and murder all around her, and of course the seemingly impossible threat that the serial killer she once put in jail for life is coming for her.
Past and present merging draw the image of a society (in out near future) where the dignity and the lives of children and women don't count, corruption thrives and all the security measures fail to diminish criminality rates.
This is a story about Serena, once detective, now P.I. It's about the dark side of humanity - murder, rape and abuse both in her past and the present...there is a serial killer to catch.
I am not sure if I enjoyed it because it was so dark and maybe could be seen as depressing, however, I did appreciate its gritty tone and the characters were reasonably believable. Not too badly written for the most part, with some action mixed with self-exploration.
Worth a look for those who enjoy the dark crime genre.
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