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Strange Sally Diamond

By Liz Nugent

8.5/10
(8.5/10)

309 pages

What’s it about?

Sally has always been different, but when her father dies and she takes his instructions literally and hauls his body out to the curb, she suddenly finds herself in the news.  She soon discovers there is more to her past life than she knows.

What did it make me think about?

“The sins of the father”.

Should I read it?

Oh my….  This is a dark and disturbing book- but also so compelling that you can’t stop reading it.  Is it plot driven or is it character driven?  I think it is both. It reminded me of a cross between The Room by Emma Donoghue and My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent. If you can take a dark book then I also highly recommend My Absolute Darling. It has been awhile since I read it but it has stuck with me for years. In Strange Sally Diamond Liz Nugent does a really nice job of not sugar coating the outcomes, but also she leaves room for growth in her characters.  This is a fast paced book that jumps between two viewpoints.  This technique filled in the rest of Sally’s story.  I would stay away from this one if you can’t take a depressing book. Otherwise it is a compelling read with a lot to think about.

Quote-

“Weekly shopping trips were always an ordeal.  I sometimes pretend to be deaf to avoid conversation, but I could hear the schoolchildren’s comments.  ‘Here she comes, Strange Sally Diamond, the weirdo.’ Dad said there was no malice in it.  Children are mean.  Most of them.  I was glad I was no longer a child.  I was a forty-two-year-old woman.”

What’s it about?

Sally has always been different, but when her father dies and she takes his instructions literally and hauls his body out to the curb, she suddenly finds herself in the news.  She soon discovers there is more to her past life than she knows.

What did it make me think about?

“The sins of the father”.

Should I read it?

Oh my….  This is a dark and disturbing book- but also so compelling that you can’t stop reading it.  Is it plot driven or is it character driven?  I think it is both. It reminded me of a cross between The Room by Emma Donoghue and My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent. If you can take a dark book then I also highly recommend My Absolute Darling. It has been awhile since I read it but it has stuck with me for years. In Strange Sally Diamond Liz Nugent does a really nice job of not sugar coating the outcomes, but also she leaves room for growth in her characters.  This is a fast paced book that jumps between two viewpoints.  This technique filled in the rest of Sally’s story.  I would stay away from this one if you can’t take a depressing book. Otherwise it is a compelling read with a lot to think about.

Quote-

“Weekly shopping trips were always an ordeal.  I sometimes pretend to be deaf to avoid conversation, but I could hear the schoolchildren’s comments.  ‘Here she comes, Strange Sally Diamond, the weirdo.’ Dad said there was no malice in it.  Children are mean.  Most of them.  I was glad I was no longer a child.  I was a forty-two-year-old woman.”

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