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:
- On an airplane, because you will be so inside the story you won’t notice your irritating fellow passengers.
- 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.
- In bed under the covers on a stormy afternoon with the air-conditioning blasting.
- In the basement with your dog sleeping on your feet.
- Curled up first thing in the morning, at sunrise, with a whole pot of coffee just for you.
- 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.
You can read a review of THE SCAMP here.