Review published on December 27, 2016.
When I hear that a new book by Belinda Bauer is coming out I cannot wait to get my hands on it. I just love her style and the fact that her books have a quirky edge and certainly do not conform to any stereotypes.
Eve Singer is a television crime reporter and when she reports on a series of murders where putting on an exhibition is important to the killer, she finds herself the reluctant focus of the killer’s attention.
This is no ordinary serial killer story though. The focus is very much on Eve, who I thought was a brilliant character. As always with Bauer’s work, there is some incredibly sharp and skillful writing and I had to smile sometimes whilst I was reading. I don’t generally quote from books in my reviews but I just had to mark a couple of bits that I thought were really clever.
“She was a large woman with the beginnings of a Fu Manchu and big arms covered in soft white skin, as if she were made of raw dough and ready to roll.”
Isn’t that just fantastic? And “She and Joe emerged from the toilets at the same time, like wooden folk in a Bavarian clock.” Just really clever writing.
The Beautiful Dead is full of twists and turns and I didn’t know how it would end (although I knew what ending I was hoping for). At times it is deliciously creepy and twisted. There are some really interesting supporting characters too and while the book is very much focused on Eve and the killer, the other characters add so much to the story.
This is a brilliant, fast-paced book and I found it very hard to put it down.
Nicola Smith 5/4
The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer
Bantam Press 9780593075517 hbk Nov 2016