It’s that time of the month again, and we are closing in on the end of our book challenge!
I feel like I was the last person on Earth to read this book. It tells the story of Evie, a fourteen year old who becomes entranced by an older girl called Suzanne. Evie’s parents have divorced and she is struggling to get on with her mother so she goes to live in the commune where the girls all revere a man called Russell, the leader of the commune and a struggling musician.
The girls scavenge and steal food, drug use and underage sex is rife and children are unkempt and malnourished. Russell introduces Mitch to the girls, but when their relationship sours, the novel catapults into a violent end.
The story is inspired by the Charles Manson ‘family’ commune and the murders committed by them. We meet Evie not just as a 14 year old, but as a woman in her 60s whose life is still sadly haunted by what she did, or didn’t do, as a teenager. It’s an intriguing novel that I raced to finish – but it failed to give me the closure and resolution which I needed. So many questions remain! Have you read it, what did you think?
Check out what Lindsay read! Next month we are discussing a book from Rory Gilmore’s list.