Book Review – Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

Jessa Morton takes over the family taxidermy business following her father’s suicide. She has to contend with her mother producing lewd art with the taxidermy animals and her contentious relationship with her brother. Both Jessa and her brother are dealing with his wife, who Jessa was in love with, abandoning the family.

While this was an interesting book, it was just too slow for me. I love a good dysfunctional family, and this absolutely has that in spades, but it wasn’t what I expected based on the blurb. The flashbacks were often unnecessary, and the book could have easily been reduced by 100 pages. I liked the writing a lot, so I’m going to have to say this is most likely a case of poor editing. I would give this author another chance though, because there is definitely talent there.

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