Author: C.J. Skuse
Original Publication Date: November 27, 2018
Genre(s): Thriller, Contemporary, Fiction
Goodreads Synopsis: The last person who called me Sweetpea ended up dead…
I haven’t killed anyone for three years, and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcoholic taking a sip of whiskey. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.
Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.
Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhiannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day, her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening, she dutifully listens to her friends’ plans for marriage and babies while secretly making a list.
A kill list.
From the man at the grocery checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have it coming, Rhiannon is ready to get her revenge.
Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…
My Mini Review
The premise of this novel was so similar to #FashionVictim and having been published only a couple months afterwards, I can’t help but feel Amina Akhtar’s idea was hi-jacked a bit by this author, C.J. Skuse.
One thing I loved about Sweetpea was how it took place in the UK. I loved learning about different foods, locations, and words. In the beginning, it didn’t seem like she was writing in a diary at all though. It started off as just a normal novel. Eventually, the writing changes— making me suspect the author had the idea of “diary entries” after having wrote some of the story already. I bet I could point out the exact page she decided to go with this format, too. I also found a few inconsistencies with the past incidents mentioned; specifically with Pete.
Rhinannon talks about so many characters that just had no meaning. It was definitely hard to keep track of who was who. That being said, none of the other characters really had any kind of depth or development to them. It was all about Rhiannon… and I’m not even sure I’m a fan of hers. Sometimes, I didn’t care if she got caught while other times, I felt a pang in my heart for her. I will eventually pick up the second novel since we were so rudely left on a cliffhanger. Hopefully the writing will be more polished in Sweetpea #2 and that there’s more Sylvanian Dollhouse talk! (I just think it’s so cute).
My Rating: 3 out of 5
Dates Read: January 24-February 07, 2019
My Favorite Quotes
“People will tell you anything if you listen to them for long enough and pretend you’re interested.”
“I always made a point to thank waitstaff— you never knew what they were stirring your sauce with.”
“I’m terrible with crying people. How do you make them stop?“
“Sometimes it amazes me how quickly these lies trickle out of my mouth without any preparation.”
“You have to play the system. They think you’re weak and girly? Act weak and girly. Use their own prejudices against them. Then when they’re not looking, cut their fucking throats. As the great Bart Simpson himself once said, Nobody ever suspects the butterfly.”
“It’s all very well having tantrums, but what’s the fucking point if nobody sees them?”
“I think that’s what I like about death– it’s utter obedience. You kill something, it dies. You ask the question with your knife and the person responds, undoubtedly, every time. No excuses, no second chances, no refunds. It does as it’s fucking told. That’s a very beautiful thing.“
“It’s not my fault I want to achieve something with my life, rather than knock out Little Me’s faster than pinballs to do it instead.”
“I don’t think like normal people. I think like me.”
“I was sick with it– with expectation, with intense longing. Is this how lovers feel, I wonder.”
“It’s hard to find Happy, isn’t it? It lands only briefly before it flies off, like a butterfly.”
“It makes such a difference when people aren’t assholes.”
“People who leave their dogs in cars on hot days– would you leave your child inside your lit oven wearing a fur coat while you went and ‘just grabbed a coffee’?”
“It’s very attractive, being thought of as attractive, isn’t it?”
“But we don’t always do what we should, do we? We do what we want.“