Little Deaths

Little Deaths

A Novel

Large Print - 2017
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A gripping suspense tale set in 1960s New York and inspired by true events follows the investigation of a cocktail waitress whose two young children have been brutally murdered and a rookie tabloid reporter who would uncover the truth.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2017.
ISBN: 9781410498106
Branch Call Number: LT F FLI
Characteristics: 507 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Aug 13, 2018

An interesting twisty mystery, set in the sixties. Lots of hard boiled detectives and journalists swarming over a woman to try to prove she killed her children, because they can't see past her partying ways. Interesting commentary on how mothers are perceived by media.

May 30, 2017

This book was well written and takes you back to a different time through the writing and descriptions. You could see this story as it was told being presented as a black and white movie, shadow and filled with cigarette smoke. You feel for Ruth as she is hounded by the police as the guilty person basically because of her job, dress and actions not because of proof.

May 09, 2017

The author does a brilliant job contrasting the judgments and projections of others with the internal state of the protagonist - a moral parable that ought to be more widely considered. I loved finding out that this was based on a real case.

SCL_Tricia Feb 03, 2017

Inspired by the true story of Alice Crimmins, this is a good literary crime novel. Author Emma Flint tells the story of Ruth and the murder of her two children. You can feel the heat, the limitations that Ruth feels and, most of all, the judgement. When the children go missing, the police look at the empty liquor bottles and the letters from men and draw the conclusion that Ruth is implicated in her children’s disappearance. As time goes on, all Ruth knows is to pull herself together, to paint her face and present a face to the world – even if she is crumbling inside. However, her lack of obvious emotion and grief, is simply seen as more evidence of her guilt. The ending of this one was dramatic and unexpected and you do find out what really happened to the Malone children, but there is no real sense of justice being served. This made it all the more honest and true to life as in reality, things are often left messy and unfinished.


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