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3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Weird, 17 Mar. 2012
This review is from: A Good and Useful Hurt (Paperback)
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I read this book, because some write-ups compared it to Stieg Larsson but I have to say, I didn't find it remotely on a par with any of Larsson's books; the nearest comparison was that of the character, Deb in 'A Good and Useful Hurt' to Lisbeth Salandar, the heroin in Stieg Larsson's Trilogy.

This story is about Mike a Tattoo artist who runs his own business in Michigan, and Deb, a young girl who he employed and who works along 'different' lines rather than tattooing. This is anything from body piercing to more gross procedures which are described in the book - if you are squeamish, beware. I thought the book was very easy to read, short chapters, but rather slow to begin with, it didn't seem to be going anywhere, apart from a little history on some of their clients. Some chapters referred to a sadistic rapist whose name was Phil and one wondered how this was going to fit into the story, but all became crystal clear.

Mike was asked to tattoo a small amount of the ashes of a deceased loved one into a customer, and a growing trend began and so the darkness of the story began to unfold. Deb and Mike became lovers and were planning a holiday to Las Vegas until tragedy struck. I won't go into any more detail as it might spoil it for the reader, but I will say that I would never have predicted the ending. Aric Davis' imagination, in my opinion, is weird, but it worked in this book.

I couldn't give it 4 stars as I didn't really like it that much, it was a little on the gruesome side for me. I don't think it is for the feint hearted, a little slow to begin with, but worth a read.
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