Friday Book Club: J-Dub’s Book Review of “Unspeakable Things” by Jess Lourey ~ 1/1/21

Some months ago “Unspeakable Things” by Jess Lourey was my free Kindle book of the month for being a Prime member. Ya I know, I sold my soul to the devil by becoming a Prime member and making Besos even more insanely rich than he already was but that’s a post for another day.

My reading has been off this year with March to June a dry desert until a re-read of “Andromeda Strain” pulled me out of my slump. With time off last week, I read for “just because” again and my free Kindle book was just the ticket. A plus was that “Unspeakable Things” was in the Goodreads books of the year contest. I got to see what all the hype was about.

No spoilers from me and this review is really just a ramble. The premise was that the author took a real life event and fictionalized it. She did the same for my December free Kindle Book “Bloodline” too. I started following the author to see if that is her gimmick but appears she has only done that twice.

Back to task … The setting was small town MN in the 1980s. A predator attacking young boys eventually killing one. There was quite a bit of sub-plots going on which made things hard to follow. Cassie the main protagonist was relatable to me having once been a teenage girl. Some universal themes going on throughout like haves and havenots, small town gossip, cliques in school, bully bus rides, friendships, hurry to grow up, love is love and “unspeakable things”. That part read to me as more 1970s key club than 1980s but some things carry over I guess. The end was abrupt but they got the culprit. Wonder if in real life the outcome was the same?

Anyhoo, I have forgone my star rating in favor of thumbs up or down. This book is two thumbs up. A recommended read. I finished it in less than 24 hours mainly because I was hostage at the car dealer while my car was being repaired. But I’ll take it. I need more days where “just because” reading is part of my life.

As always, more to come.

4 thoughts on “Friday Book Club: J-Dub’s Book Review of “Unspeakable Things” by Jess Lourey ~ 1/1/21

  1. Thanks for the review, Jill. And for the lack of “stars.” They really are arbitrary, and vary hugely from one person to another. For instance a woman (someone who is very intelligent) told me that she only gives 5 star ratings to Tolkien. What? Yes. But how is anyone reading her reviews to know that for her, the stars cap out at 4…
    Happy New Year. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Ha! That’s crazy and is the same for surveys we give at work. Some people will never ever give a 5 but the thing is their 4 equates to anyone else’s 5. Definitely arbitrary 🙂

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