Book Club Review

February 22, 2013 at 2:09 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

I was actually unable to make it to our book club meeting last night but I did read the book and I loved it.  We read Heads You Lose by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward and I must admit, I’ve never read anything like it.  It’s a murder/mystery but the premise is that Lisa wants to collaborate on the book with her ex-boyfriend, David.  She sends him a letter asking for his help and says that she’ll write the first chapter, he can write the second and they’ll switch on and off.  They have to stick to plot points created by the other but can obviously add their own twists, and they make it up as they go along.  At the end of each chapter, when they send the newly finished portion back to the other person, they write a little note at the end basically saying what they thought of the others latest contribution.  Sound confusing?  It’s really not.  They include these notes to each other in the actual book so we, the reader, get to see how frustrated they become with one another along the way.  It’s pretty entertaining in itself and I laughed out loud a few times when they started to bicker in their letters or better, kill off characters the other had written that they didn’t much care for.  It was a really interesting premise and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The writers in question

I also enjoyed the actual book – my only complaint was that it was too short!  I sped through it in just a few days and even then was trying to read as slowly as I possibly could.  The plot focuses on a brother and sister who lost their parents and now live together on a piece of land in California, growing pot plants.  They find a dead body on their property and promptly freak out but since their business prohibits them from calling the cops to their place, they relocate the corpse and hope that’s the end of it.  Nope, the body re-appears in their driveway and all hell breaks loose.  They begin to look at everyone in the town as a suspect as they try to determine who the killer was and why they were chosen as the dumping grounds for the dead guy.  Throughout this all, Lisa and David write their notes at the end of each chapter and basically fight like siblings themselves as they make fun of each others plot devices and characters.  When the killer is finally revealed, I was honestly surprised and thought the entire thing tied together quite nicely.

Now, I don’t know how much of the written animosity between the writers was truth and how much (if any) was embellished for the story, but either way I think it worked.  This is a great book for anyone looking for a quick, entertaining read and I think it was a perfect book club book!


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