Oh this book is so good!
Nothing about this novel is simple.
It's a weaving, spiralling, web, of social issues, representation, and perception.
Racism is a strong theme here, as is poverty, sexism, abuse (mental, physical, sexual, child abuse,) and the complexities of the interplay of privilege and oppression.
I'm pretty sure this was an intentional stylistic choice (to fit in with the 'Swing Time' title) but I personally found it disorientating.
This book may be a challenge for some - it's not a light read - but it's a challenge that's well worth it!
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Ruth Ware has a definite Agatha Christie vibe.
It's been said again and again, but there's def. some truth in the comparison. If Christie wrote today, this is the kind of stuff she'd be writing.
There were twists - some I saw coming, and some that I didn't - and Ware seems to have a lot of fun playing with the Closed Circle trope.
It's actually quite refreshing.
Also refreshing is that Lo has mental health problems - and they're handled really well.
Crime thrillers fighting ableism is awesome-sauce as far as I'm concerned!
Be careful though my nerdlets.
The rep. is good, but that might in itself cause problems - especially the descriptions of panic and panic attacks.
There's also the following to be aware of: domestic violence, cancer, home invasion, sexual assault, murder, drowning or possibility of drowning, and sexism.
The sexual assault (groping of Lo's breast,) is not handled well by the author - it's kind of brushed over, and the perpetrator is immediately forgiven with v. little fuss.
And that's not OK.
But if you're looking for a crime novel with twists, atmosphere, good mental health rep., and complex characters, give this a shot!