Weirdo

Weirdo

eBook - 2012
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Twenty years ago, a fifteen-year-old schoolgirl named Corrine Woodrow was convicted of murdering one of her classmates. But now new forensic evidence indicates that Corrine didn't act alone, and Sean Ward - a private investigator whose promising career in the Met was cut short by a teenage drug dealer with an automatic weapon - travels to the seaside town of Ernemouth, to try to discover what really happened all those years ago. But he quickly realises that what's ultimately at stake is not Corrine's reputation, but those of the people who ran the place then - and still run it now.
Publisher: London : Serpent's Tail, 2012.
ISBN: 9781847658494
1847658490
Characteristics: 1 online resource (487 p.)
Summary: Twenty years ago, a fifteen-year-old schoolgirl named Corrine Woodrow was convicted of murdering one of her classmates. But now new forensic evidence indicates that Corrine didn't act alone, and Sean Ward - a private investigator whose promising career in the Met was cut short by a teenage drug dealer with an automatic weapon - travels to the seaside town of Ernemouth, to try to discover what really happened all those years ago. But he quickly realises that what's ultimately at stake is not Corrine's reputation, but those of the people who ran the place then - and still run it now.

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SCL_Justin Jul 22, 2017

Weirdo is about a British cold case investigator in 2003 looking into a witchcraft-connected murder from the 1980s. The story jumps between the two timelines so we see these teenagers' lives in a tourist town get disrupted in the buildup to the big crime while we watch the modern investigators try to unravel what actually happened. It's not too bad.

I came across Cathi Unsworth as an author in a list of "women writing noir" which I was very interested in, since noir fiction is so male-dominated. Weirdo, however doesn't feel like a noir book. It's a fine mystery, but didn't have the je ne sais quoi I was hoping for. Maybe it was just the witchcraft angle (which is handled well) that put it more in the realm of Carrie or the X-Files for me.

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nhoj
Mar 27, 2014

An enjoyable and quick read and I had trouble putting it down. A second look into a murder 20 plus years in the past is paralled with the telling of the actual events. Well formed characters and and a sense of the macabre keep the story moving very fast.

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