I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcoholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once. Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret. Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhiannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list. A kill list. From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge. Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…
I know Sweetpea won’t be for everyone (it is VERY graphic in almost every way you can imagine) but it worked brilliantly for me. I liked Rhiannon – despite her many obvious flaws – and she makes some absolutely hilarious observations. I loved her pop culture references – anyone who writes about Home Alone, Scrappy Doo, Guess Who and Grease 2 in the same book is more than ok by me.
It may be a bit disturbing, but it’s also fast, funny and fiendishly-plotted. I can’t wait to see what C.J. Skuse does next. Thank you to NetGalley and HQ for the ARC of Sweetpea.