Serpent's Tail, £7.99
Weirdo, By Cathi Unsworth
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014.
Friday 21 June 2013
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.
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