Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Review of Die a Little by Megan Abbott (Pocket Books, 2005)
Die a Little is a thoroughly noir tale about the tension between two femme fatales - a sister and wife - battling over the same man. The main strengths of the novel are the atmosphere, tight plotting, strong characterisation, and crafted prose. Abbott captures both the hopes of post-war US and its seedy underbelly of vice, drugs, and exploitation, filtered through a darkly tinted lens. The plot is layered and nicely paced as Lora transitions across the arc of the story as her relationship with her sister-in-law comes under increasing strain. All three main characters are well penned, being complex and deep, the support cast are more than simply ciphers for the story, and the interactions between the players is nicely portrayed. The story is told through lyrical, literary prose that adds to the atmosphere. Overall, an enjoyable noir tale that adds a distinctive voice to the genre.