Top critical review
on December 6, 2012
It's difficult to believe that this book is rated among the "best" on any list other than, perhaps, an American best-seller list. It is gratuitously-salacious, it has subplots but no main plot, and its point seems to be to determine how many disgusting details details an author can haphazardly string together before he wears himself out.
Sex, check. Murder, check. Fetishes, check. Substance-abuse, check. Child-abuse, check. Christian-bashing, check. Racism, check. I could go on, but you're probably already calling me names or are highly-stimulated.
With that said, I'd recommend the book if you love a story that is 80% "great" writing. What is missing is why any of the details matter at all, and there was a cavernous spot for "purpose" in there somewhere. This book amounts to a well-delivered non-story, from its ending all the way back to its poignant, pregnant beginning.
The maladjustment characters are absolutely maladjusted, and if the point was that people are duplicitous or somehow always actually two people inside, mission accomplished...but we got that point in the first fifteen pages.
Because Pollock is a crafty and accurate writer, and because he has mastered the gritty end of grit, it was worth reading. I read probably read a book every three or four days, and have been doing so for years, and perhaps this sort of story speaks to an entire genre of books I've only now come across. If that's the case, Amazon needs to create a name for such a genre and sequester the hell out of it so that the dedicated reader doesn't just stumble in by accident!
I am a mainstream reader, and when efforts like this begin to plague the top 100, I'll take up whittling or something. If this is what a "normal" citizenry likes to read, it speaks volumes about such a citizenry in terms of the condition of their hearts and minds.
I am not an old man. I am not inordinately "religious." I am a book-buying consumer with a very active Kindle account, one curious to know how we got where we've gotten such that this book resides at the top of any mainstream book list.