Friday, July 06, 2012
Review: Grace by Elizabeth Scott
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This is a hard book to review. I honestly have no idea what to say about Grace. I don't even know as what genre to classify this - is it a dystopian or post-apocalyptical world this book is set in? Or is it an oppressive regime in today's world? I can't decide which I think it is. But maybe it doesn't even matter; maybe it could be both.
The beginning of Grace is very, very confusing, since you have absolutely no idea what's going on or who's who. But that suspense kept me reading, and I didn't put the book down once until I'd finished it. It's a short book, with just over 200 pages, but the sparse writing makes it read even faster.
Elizabeth Scott is an incredible author. She's written her usual light contemporaries as well as the horrifying amazing-ness that is Living Dead Girl. And now this, whatever this is. I honestly believe there is no genre Elizabeth Scott couldn't write masterfully. It's stunning how variable her writing is - in her light contemporaries, her style is easy and cute, while in Living Dead Girl and Grace, it's... I don't even know how to describe it. Her style is sparse and immediate, making everything even more horrifying.
Horrifying is the only way to describe this book, really. What happens in Grace is so, so terrible. I wouldn't say I liked the characters, since all of them are murderers or rapists or just bad people, but it was fascinating to read about them. I don't even want to say anything more about the plot, since I liked not knowing much and just letting the story unfold. You know that what's happening is terrible, but you just can't look away.
This book is suspenseful and horrifying, in a good way. You'll read the first page and just keep reading till the end, not looking up once. The message, though, will haunt you till long after. I think Grace will appeal to any reader, since it can't be classified as any one genre. Well, to any reader who likes dark books, because Grace is definitely not a light read.