Sunday, March 1, 2015
Book Club Review: Inherit the Dead
Inherit the Dead by Twenty Different Mystery Authors
Review by Lauren
Source: copy from library; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Pericles “Perry” Christo is a PI with a past—a former cop who lost his badge and his family when a corruption scandal left him broke and disgraced. So when wealthy Upper East Side matron Julia Drusilla summons him one cold February night, he grabs what seems to be a straightforward (and lucrative) case.
The socialite is looking for her beautiful, aimless daughter, Angelina, who is about to become a very wealthy young woman. But as Christo digs deeper, he discovers there’s much more to the lovely “Angel” than meets the eye. This classic noir tale twists and turns down New York’s mean streets and along Hamptons' beaches and back roads during a bitterly cold and gray winter where nothing is as it seems and everyone has something to hide.
Review: February wasn't the best for the book club, as many people couldn't make the meetings and I was the only one who actually finished the book. Therefore, I don't really have much to add from the other members about what they thought. The one girl who was reading the book thought it was okay but it wasn't something that really held her interest. As for me, I think Inherit the Dead was a fairly quick read, and I did love the premise, but it wasn't the best story.
Inherit the Dead was like an old noir film, so that aspect will be hit or miss for some people. The story line can seem a bit over the top and you always have to have a sexual woman. In this case, that would be Angel, who is missing at first and who definitely has her fair share of secrets that need to be found out.
I thought the case was interesting overall and I was definitely curious to see where things would lead. Each chapter, instead of having a title, is designated by an author name. That means that the following chapter is written by that particular author. You get people like C.J. Box, Charlaine Harris, and more. These are all names I know but I had never read any individual books by them. I think certain authors were better than others. There were times where the writing style differed too much between each chapter, which was a bit jarring at times. I think it worked for the most part though.
In the end, Inherit the Dead was a unique book and I'm happy to have read it. I'd suggest getting it from the library first though if you're curious!