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Speak of the Devil Hardcover – October 28, 2008
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This tale was daring and of course crazy. Sometimes I have a moment where I think, this has got to be a dream sequence. And then I find out it isn't and the story moves on to new weirdness.
Then her friend Tom catches her and it turns him on to the point that he decides to take on her mask and do his own peeping. This quickly leads to a creepy triangle between TOm, Val and the stepmother (who works as a cocktail waitress) that brings out the knives. Then the book takes a very grisly turn as these three go from breaking privacy taboos to breaking even more rules and living outside the norms of society in every way possible.
These characters aren't fully fleshed out and that appears to be part of the narrative. After all, many murderers when caught can never explain themselves. The history of violence is full of exchanges like "why did you kill the family? THey were home." Truman Capote stresses how the killers in In Cold Blood had a very clear and logical set of reasons for killing the entire family if you ignore the basic immorality of murdering an entire family. These characters begin as creepy people who are devoting themselves to a hobby that many have indulged in (if not purposefully - but who hasn't passed an open window and taken a look in hopes of seeing people having sex inside?) to outright murderers. It has to remain a mystery.
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