Weirdo, By Cathi Unsworth


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Unsworth opens this complex crime novel with the mythology of evil that surrounds teenage murderer, Corrine Woodrow ("Killer Corrine"), and then takes us back and forth, in a parallel narrative, to the 15-year-old she was in 1983, and the woman she has become in a secure unit in 2003, "bloated from two decades of meds".

A private detective revisits her crime after DNA evidence throws up another unidentified set of fingerprints. A dark tale that delicately captures an era, and the toxic power battles between teenagers.