Sweet Pea By C J Skuse

The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead… I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once. Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret. Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list. A kill list. From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge. Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…

The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead…

I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…

A dark read with a bucketload of humour, graphic kills, sex and kill lists. It shouldn't work, but it did! 

We are taken through internal monologues with Rhiannon and get to know her through these diary entries as well as her daily life. 

I enjoyed the humour within the read and found myself not only laughing, but agreeing with her kill list. I was also in fear as if she met me I would have made the list more than once. 

This was such a refreshingly different read, but I did find maybe on the whole it was slightly too much...maybe due to the partly light-hearted way of telling and there were a few threads I would have like to have investigated further and found maybe a few ideas less in the book would have been more. 

I didn't love or hate it, and if a sequel was written I would be interested enough to read on. 

I found the ending a bit weak, but not sure how the story would have benefited with an alternative. 

Dark, humorous and worthy of a read - it is a marmite book, but I am sitting on the fence with this one.