Die a Little by Megan Abbott

Die a Little, Megan Abbot,  2005

My favorite quote: “The hardest thing in this world is finding out what you’re capable of.”

Notable characters: Lora King, a schoolteacher; Bill King, her brother, a junior investigator with the DA’s office; Alice Steele, a Hollywood wardrobe assistant with a sketchy past … and Bill’s new wife

Most memorable scene: What stands out most to me is Lora’s slow realization that her new sister-in-law isn’t what she seems — which takes place over the course of several (deliciously scandalous) scenes

Greatest strengths: The questions. This book basically reads itself, demanding the reader’s attention and insisting that you keep going. I had to soak my thumb in epsom salt after all that rapid-fire page turning. Okay, not true, but still …  

Standout achievements: Though written in 2005, Die A Little reads just like golden-era noir — which is meant as a major compliment

Fun Facts: With that cover art, I would have bought this book if it was a seventeen-pound glossary of aquatic vegetation terms

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: To mind my own gosh-danged business. I mean, I’m glad Lora was such a busybody because otherwise we wouldn’t have such a great story — but personally? Nooooo thank you. I don’t care if you’re a sexy femme fatale with so many skeltons in your closet you can’t get your babydoll nightie out without one falling out: I’m keeping my nose right where it belongs … 

How it inspired me: I’m always digging and evolving as a writer, but my discovery of noir and hard-boiled detective fiction has influenced me on a much deeper level than most genres. And this book, Die a Little, is one of the best and strongest of its kind

Additional thoughts: Now I have to read all of Megan Abbott’s other books, which is pretty annoying because I already have a million other things I have to read. So yeah. Thanks, Megan Abbott. You’re a real pal …  

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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