Quick and intense read. Intense more in the situations and ideas rather than the characters, who aren't the most fleshed out, but the ideas and the point is made loud and clear.
Rachel comes from a good background and a nice family but is telling us her story from a position where she has lost all that, and she's not too upset about that fact either. She's done something awful but it's for a good reason. Rachel falls in love with the metal scene and ends up starting a band up with some likeminded friends, leaving one friend basically in the dust. Rachel is the lead singer and her friend Fern is the guitarist. The metal world is not the nicest to a pair of girls in the band. Horribly sexist and violent things ensue and Rachel and Fern decide to get even.
It's a feminist revenge fantasy much in the same way you can say Gone Girl is. Rachel is not the most likeable character but I found myself liking her mostly anyway. She's that girl you wish you could be - the girl who will punch a guy in the face for saying something explicit to her - but at the same time some of the behaviours she exhibits (with no consequence to her or the band) seem farfetched. You can't help but cheer for her in many aspects. Aside from the literal patriarchy smashing going on there's also a look into the obsessive nature of some female friendships. Rachel's 'best' friend is Josephine but when Rachel meets Fern, Josephine gets quite jealous.
Overall it's a quick read and I enjoyed the rip roaring revenge fantasy in spite of some of the thinner elements.
A mixed bag, some of this tale rings with authenticity, other parts not so much. There are major plot points that are poorly rendered and thus unbelievable and distracting (the punch in the face at the show, the rape and the final murder). In addition, many of the characters, particularly some of those involved in the major plot points, are 2 dimensional and undeveloped.
The author's voice and the general tone are strengths and make the book a worthwhile read. It probably could have used a good editor to tighten it up. I found myself wishing that I could have bought into Rachel's world a bit more, but it was difficult.
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