Monday, October 20, 2014

The Cleavers: The Savages review

This review is part of my blogtober celebration, my month-long blog party about all things creepy and Halloween-y! Don't forget I've got a ton of giveaways going on!

The Savages by Matt Whyman
Release Date: March 6, 2014 (orig. June 6, 2013)
Publisher: Overlook Press
Pages: 288
Keywords: murder, family, cooking
Format Read: ARC from publisher (thank you!)
Sasha Savage is in love with Jack - a handsome, charming ... vegetarian. Which wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for the fact that Sasha's family are very much 'carnivorous'. Behind the family facade all is not as it seems. Sasha's father rules his clan with an iron fist and her mother's culinary skills are getting more adventurous by the day. When a too-curious private detective starts to dig for truths, the tight-knit family starts to unravel — as does their sinister taste in human beings
It's safe to say I really wasn't sure what to expect when I got this book in the mail, and though I initially didn't like the cover, it's kind of growing on me. Especially Ivan, the young boy. Wow, is he creepy.

I was surprised how much I liked this gory macabre tale. It seemed like a normal family, and I liked how the narration style made the family's actions so normal-seeming. Though obviously their eating habits are far from normal, it was a funny take on the subject rather than just approaching it like a crime novel.

The book was also very British-humor-esque, in that it was pretty dry and straightforward while being humorous about the whole situation. But I'm getting ahead of myself. The story revolved around the family and the private investigator researching the family and trying to figure out why they were so weird. The narration was a third-person omnipotent sort of character, and it jumped around between the family members quite a bit. But, it wasn't hard to follow. I felt like I got to know each member of the family individually, and I wasn't overwhelmed by the hopping.

The private investigator is made out to be this large, fast-food-eating, disorganized sort of fellow, and I pictured him kind of like Vernon Dursley. He was made out to be the butt of the jokes, even though he was trying to stop the cannibal family, and it was all pretty entertaining.

I really liked the humorous spin on such a gory subject, and it brought up a lot of interesting discussions on people's opinions on food. It was also entertaining to read this book as a vegetarian. :)

And, to celebrate, the lovely people at Overlook Press have passed along a hardcover copy for one lucky US resident! Enter to win!

1 comment:

  1. Blogtober is AWESOME!!! Great review, I've been wanting to read this book for so long! Thanks for giveaway also :)


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