How to read THE SCAMP

9781941040119I’ve been looking for it and I finally found it.  My favorite read of the summer.

Thank you, Jennifer Pashley, for writing such an intense character-driven serial killer mystery in the dueling voices of Rayelle and Khaki, cousins from a vanishing small town.  Two girls fighting, in such different and frighteningly believable ways, to leave behind the damage done by those who were supposed to love them.

I highlighted so many passages there are too many to list.  Here are a few I can’t get out of my head:

You can’t escape anything in a small town.  The town knows everything, and not enough …

When girls don’t exist, they disappear.  They become non-people, people’s wives, and mothers.  People’s slaves.  They sell their pussies out of the backs of vans like stolen goods…

It makes you wonder what’s passed on through our blood.  What kind of sentence you hand a baby, just by letting her be born…

Here’s how to read THE SCAMP:

  1. On an airplane, because you will be so inside the story you won’t notice your irritating fellow passengers.
  2. On a raft in a swimming pool or on a lake or at the beach, but make sure you have plenty of sunblock because you will be there all day.
  3. In bed under the covers on a  stormy afternoon with the air-conditioning blasting.
  4. In the basement with your dog sleeping on your feet.
  5. Curled up first thing in the morning, at sunrise, with a whole pot of coffee just for you.
  6. Carried in your hand at all times because you can’t wait to read one more paragraph, one more chapter, to find out what in the hell is going to happen next.

Here’s where you can buy this incredibly smart, throat-grabbing thriller:  Independent Booksellers, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.

You can read a review of THE SCAMP here.

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12 thoughts on “How to read THE SCAMP

    1. Teri Post author

      I finished this book on a sunny day, in bed, with the curtains drawn. That’s how much I could not wait to finish it.

  1. amyg

    I was so excited to find The Scamp at my (now our!) local bookstore – on my birthday no less. It pulls you in immediately with that opening scene in the bar and doesn’t let go. Pashley’s writing is so freakin’ raw – it’s as if you’re holding your breath on every word.

  2. katherinejlegry

    Sounds like a spooky and haunting book…

    So if I may ask, it doesn’t glorify the violence against women? It’s a good read about serial killers, how? Not trying to argue, just startled by your suggested reading as you write about domestic violence and racists as well… Does this book reveal something about the patriarchal society that is beneficial or insightful or is it just a matter of enjoying the “reality-horror” genre as entertainment?

    Thank you if you are willing to discuss further. I read the “review” but it was just a summary of the book and not a discussion of it. I don’t usually pick this kind of topic to read, so maybe I should just allow this book club to be interest based and look forward to your other kinds of posts!

    I liked your goat. Love goats. 🙂 Best wishes.

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