This was an interesting book. The writing itself was not that good, but that did not detract from the experience of reading this. I think Drain needed to write this, for herself: to vent, to rationalize, and it was a form of therapy for her. I respect that narrative.
I will say one thing about the WBC, it does not deserve our attention, our outrage, because they feed off it. They almost get off on it, to be crude. They, in my armchair psychologist analyst, have a collective martyr complex. They are emotionally-stunted as a collective. This is a dying cult, it will be dismantled or die out in the next few decades. We should ignore them, that will be the ultimate form of suffering for them, and it will rob them of their collective identity if no one reacted to them at all.
I hope that Drain will seek out a therapist to deal with all the crap she had to put up from not only the church, but her father and mother.
Being part of the ONTD community, there was a time while reading this that I enjoyed the spilling of the truth tea. The shading of members and the pastor, and sometimes not so subtle dragging. It was like reading a WBC tell-all.
I think Drain, and the Phelps girls who have also left the church after Drain, have a long way to make up for the damage, hurt, and pain they caused. I feel sympathetic towards them, but many won’t and I can understand why. I never had to deal with this cult first hand, so it’s easier for me to forgive them. (For those that don’t know, I am a lesbian).
I look forward to reading more memoirs from the ex-members of the WBC cult.
Also huge trigger warning for physical and emotional abuse.
This was a quick read, once I really started to read it. I finished it within two hours, so if you have an afternoon to read (think rainy or snowy, with hot beverage of choice) this would be perfect.
There was a love story, but it was mostly insta-love, though they apparently knew each other before in backstory. I didn’t really get a feel for their romance, and it felt forced, but I didn’t really focus on it. I was more focused on the murder mystery. There is enough action to focus on, instead of the forced pairing.
I didn’t mind the main character, he was flawed, but not completely to the point of unlikeable.
The actual storyline verged on unrealistic, but I was able to suspend my disbelief while reading.
I actually felt bad for Peter. I mean, it’s not his fault what his parents did to him, and how he was raised afterwards. I can picture a life where he had proper medical care and actually raised properly I think he would have been okay. To not get into a nature vs nurture debate, I think both nature and nurture influence a person (to simplify it).
There wasn’t much substance or depth to this novel, but it didn’t need it, and it was just a fun read, and nothing too serious. At least for me.
I have come to think this is one of my guilty pleasure series.
Let me break this down a bit:
I prefer Temperance from the show.
There is less romance in the books then the tv show, but you get more of a feel for most of her co-workers/friends in the tv show. (At least in the books I’ve read before). So, I guess it depends on what you are looking for. I know fans of the book who don’t like the show, and vice versa.
The show and book are very different.
I LOVE the fact that this book series seems to be set predominantly set in Canada. ❤
I love this gif so much. 😀
So, both are good/okay in their own way. 😀 Just don’t go into reading this as a duplicate of the show, I think you might be disappointed.
Recommended For: Those who want a trashy good time
Disclaimer: This book was sent through Netgalley for free, in exchange for an honest review.
This book was not like any of her novels that came after. So your mileage may vary.
I mean it was a trashy-in-a-good-way pulpy vintage novel that I found entertaining and amusing. It was a good mental vacation with the various things that have been going on in real life. It read like a more grown-up version of the outsiders. This is a good thing.
I loved “Morgenstern’s” parts of the novel- witty and snarky, I was laughing a lot and quoting choice parts to my family.
What detracted from the enjoyment was Goldman’s comments in the first 35 pages and I didn’t even read “Buttercup’s Baby” segment. The misogyny, fat-shaming, and one homophobic comment (fearing that his son will turn into a pouf) was really grating to read- I had so much second hand embarrassment, that it was kind of amusing how bitter he sounded.
I hate to pick which was better, the movie had a lot of Goldman’s commentary out of it (the first 35! pages), which was a good choice, but you had more back-story in the book. I guess that will have to be your choice, fellow fans. 😀
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