Title: Dead Girl Moon
Author: Charlie Price
Publish date: October 30th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Source: ARC from publisher
As their hardscrabble lives intertwine in a small, corrupt Montana town, Grace, a scheming runaway, JJ, her drifty fostercare sister, and Mick, the son of a petty thief, discover the body of a young woman. Afraid to come forward, the teens try to hide their knowledge of the crime, because they believe the murderer is one of the corrupt officials and businessmen who rule their town. But after a series of false moves and dumb mistakes, the teens are soon suspects themselves in a murder investigation threatening their freedom—and maybe their lives.
Point read up to: Page 90/272
Why I didn’t finish it:
What I hoped to find in Dead Girl Moon was an exciting novel with developed characters. I got less than that. Way, way less.
The characters were flat and unlikeable, and nothing about their personalities (or lack thereof) made me care about the characters. I had a difficult time buying the depth of the corruption in their Montana town. I didn’t get enough from the novel to explain my doubts away. The writing itself was stilted and boring– which should have been difficult for a murder mystery.
My expectations of a book don’t have to mesh with reality as long as the end result is something enjoyable, but I gave this one 90 pages to convince me it was that, and it didn’t do the job.