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The Scamp
by Jennifer Pashley


Overview - As fates become entwined, Rayelle must follow a haunted and twisted path--leading her toward a collision where loyalties will be betrayed, memories uncovered, and family bonds shattered. Unflinchingly dark and compelling, THE SCAMP confronts head-on the issues of family origins and the bonds between mothers, daughters, and sisters.  Read more...

 
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Overview
As fates become entwined, Rayelle must follow a haunted and twisted path--leading her toward a collision where loyalties will be betrayed, memories uncovered, and family bonds shattered. Unflinchingly dark and compelling, THE SCAMP confronts head-on the issues of family origins and the bonds between mothers, daughters, and sisters. It delves deep into the cycle of abuse and poverty, questioning, in the end, the value of any one life, child or adult In Pashley's hands, the lost girls of rural and industrial America, trapped in the unforgiving systems of government assistance and single parenthood, are portrayed with depth and nuance. She exposes the ingrained poverty and atmosphere of disillusionment that damns them before they have a chance and she gives them a ray of hope for a better life ahead.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781941040119
  • ISBN-10: 194104011X
  • Publisher: Tin House Books
  • Publish Date: August 2015
  • Page Count: 400
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.06 x 0.81 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.94 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Thrillers - Crime
Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - General
Books > Fiction > Contemporary Women

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-06-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

Pashley’s gritty debut, told from the viewpoints of two cousins, follows Rayelle Reed, who joins a detective named Couper Gale as they research a trail of missing women who were—unbeknownst to Rayelle—murdered by her cousin Khaki Reed. Khaki leaves South Lake (in an unnamed Southern state) at 16 with an older boyfriend, much to the consternation of her younger cousin Rayelle, who loved her like a sister despite Khaki’s disturbing behavior toward her. After an accident claims her daughter, Rayelle finds herself, at 23, back in her mean mother’s trailer. She finds respite with the older Couper, who’s resisting signing his divorce papers while in the area to work on a book. Meanwhile, in harsh, straightforward prose, Pashley delivers the harrowing details of Khaki’s childhood of sexual and physical abuse, and her emergence as a serial killer who lures victims with her unassuming appearance and the guise of caring for the wounded. Pashley does a superb job contrasting Rayelle’s haunted, regret-tinged chapters with the minutiae of Khaki’s cold, calculating world. The narrative bristles with tension as Rayelle gets closer to Khaki, culminating in a big reveal that changes the way the reader views the cousins’ childhood interactions. After all this, the lackluster ending feels like a cop-out and is the only disappointing thing about this otherwise satisfying book. (Aug.)

 
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