Not an easy read, but mesmerizing...
Wow. Well written, smart, suspenseful, and important: the author tackles violence against women/girls and the erosion of morality in favor of money in our culture in a way that builds as you turn pages, raises awareness and outrage. A slam-bang, consciousness-raising book that I couldn't put down. Look at all those stars by reviewers and trust them. Read it. Urge your friends to read it, too. It's NOT pretty, but it's worth your time, if you're brave enough.
For some reason, reminds me of Alice Sebolds's "The Lovely Bones." Very, very dark. But most of all? Shatters any hope that there is a middle ground. That there is any such thing as traditional values in a modern world. Perhaps, that there is any such thing as values at all, apart from power and the elements that struggle against it. If you read this book, be prepared to be thinking about it for a good long time.
Very confusing and dark. I like how it tied everything together in the end, but almost wish there had been a bit more of a chronological background and more resolution, but still good.
Essentially, this is a book about privilege (sex and class), and the assumptions people make based on their perceptions of such.
What starts as a typical suspense/whodunnit type of thing becomes more rich and layered the more you read. Told from many perspectives of a few different characters and documents, the story of a missing girl in a small town becomes so much more by the time you’re done reading and the way the different sides of a couple crimes are revealed are so well written and observed that this becomes a great book.
Exploring themes of Feminism, Class, Environmentalism, Small-town-life-vs.-Big-City, So Much Pretty had me hooked. The people in this book were always fascinating and this reads way better than books like this tend to. You will question when a member of a society has the obligation to speak up, to tell, even at the risk of their own comfort. I highly recommend this book and will be waiting less than patiently for Hoffman’s second book.
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