Friday, May 29, 2009

The Wonderful Demise of Benjamin Arnold Guppy by Gina Collia-Suzuki

Title: The Wonderful Demise of Benjamin Arnold Guppy
Author: Gina Collia-Suzuki
Genre: Satire
Publisher: Nezu Press
ISBN: 0955979617 (ISBN13: 9780955979613)
Format: Trade Paperback, 228 pages
List Price: $14.00US
Rating: 4 stars (4.4)
Warnings: Some language

Synopsis: A tale of nasty neighbors, dark comedy and, ultimately, the perfect murder.

What I liked: Well, it was hilarious. The story offers a glimpse into the mind of an otherwise normal young housewife, driven to murder by circumstances out of her control. I can't begin to imagine the horror described in this book, the lunacy of neighbors trying to extort money and resorting to attacks when none is forthcoming. I found the Guppy's attempts to drive their new neighbors away more funny than anything but that's probably because it wasn't happening to me.

What I disliked: Honestly, for me, it was a little slow-going at first. It picked up pace, however, and was a delightfully dark read after that.

Overall: 4.4 stars. My husband is looking forward to reading this. I may re-read it at a later date. :o)

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