The Craigslist Murders – Brenda Cullerton – 0/10 (DNF)


I can’t even really figure out what is going on here. Charlotte, an interior decorator to the absurdly uber-rich, likes to murder the uber-rich women who live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and hunts her victims by Craigslist, the US-based online classifieds community. As we join Charlotte in her crazy (seriously) life, she is fondling a fancy Hungarian piece of chinaware and preparing to batter her latest victim with a fire poker, instead of buying an eighteen-carat bracelet from her.

So far, so farcical, right? Except it’s not funny. Charlotte is bitter, has mother issues, steals from her clients (who are admittedly, quite bizarre. Who has a $300,000 paddling pool built for their dog and then wants it shifted ten feet to the right?) and is a serial killer. She’s also morosely single, cynical, looks down on everybody from her best friend to her newest client.

One for fans of Nick Hornby with a macabre twist. I think.

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Publisher: Melville House, paperback, 219 pages.
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7 thoughts on “The Craigslist Murders – Brenda Cullerton – 0/10 (DNF)

  1. Amused 10 September 2011 at 5:41 pm Reply

    Well that’s too bad! You know they could have actually based this one on fact, like “ripped from the headlines” since there have been actual Craigslist Murders and then gone from there. Oh well! Onto your next read which will hopefully be awesome.

    • readingwithtea 10 September 2011 at 5:45 pm Reply

      Well I think it was definitely inspired by fact. The main character was just too strange to be engaging! I would much rather have read this from the perspective of the police or an investigator.

  2. Iris 10 September 2011 at 5:57 pm Reply

    You really don’t like Nick Hornby, do you? Two “one for Nick Hornby fans” in a row.

    • readingwithtea 10 September 2011 at 8:42 pm Reply

      I really don’t. He writes nasty Everyman characters in absurd situations.

  3. Booklover Book Reviews 11 September 2011 at 1:40 am Reply

    Sorry, to hear you are having a bit of a bad run at the moment with your DNFs. The synopsis on this one does sound a little far out…

    As someone who really enjoyed Juliet Naked by Nick Hornby (the only title of his I’ve read), and one who’s opinions on novels are often very similar to yours, I wonder why Nick Hornby in particular has left such a bad taste in your mouth? I notice you really liked About A Boy though? Juliet Naked involves a man’s relationship with his son also… perhaps he displays greater depth when writing about this subject matter?

    • readingwithtea 11 September 2011 at 12:00 pm Reply

      You’re right, I did quite like About A Boy – I suspect because in this case it was “fate” which was screwing things up for the characters, not the characters themselves (the other Hornbys I have read are How To Be Good and High Fidelity). In the two I particularly disliked, the characters are so… vapid? useless? I think he tries to write an Everyman character in these two (noticeably he does not try that in AAB) but they are so unsympathetic and do such stupid things which unsurprisingly end in disaster… I have very little patience with characters who seem intent on ruining their lives with no particular motivation (no mental health issues – again see AAB).
      And your reference to depth is a well-placed one – I’m all for light and fluffy if it is appealing, but he writes almost callously and absent-mindedly about human struggles (admittedly, not terribly profound ones).
      I should read Juliet Naked and The Polysyllabic Spree, but I can’t stand the thought of more of the same. It’s like hating brussel sprouts, and being told oh but if you cover them in hollandaise and bacon, they’re so much better? Just give me the hollandaise and the bacon, leave the sprouts out. (aka I’d rather read something I know will actually appeal, rather than risking reading time on someone whose writing I *know* I dislike).

      • Booklover Book Reviews 12 September 2011 at 11:00 am

        I agree with you on the brussel sprouts – there are too many other wonderful foods to eat! Likewise, life’s too short to read all the books out there, so why read something that doesn’t interest you.

        Warning… there are some unappealing male characters in Juliet Naked too, but one gets his just desserts and one grows, and I listened to it in audio (had some great guitar background etc) so that could also be why it really worked for me. 😉

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