Jan 7, 2011
Killing Richard Dawson by Robin Baker
I wanted to talk about this book because he is a Western Australian author, but also because I couldn't put it down. I have read other reviews that give away too much, so be careful what you read about a novel before you read the actual book.
This book is touted as a black comedy and indeed it is that, but it seems at times to defy a genre. It's almost a mystery, almost a thriller and almost a romance.. but not quite.
It's told in the first person and follows the character's interactions with friends, university life, romance and partying.
Baker captures what I remember of university life when I was that age - the first time I went, but I'm glad I never came across some of these characters.
The book is fast paced, always leaving you wanting more after each sitting. It was this that made me give it to my husband to read straight away and then put it in the Melbourne Cup Reader's Sweep run by Kat at Book Thingo where she specified "it has to be a book you'd actually recommend to someone". It's that kind of book - you just have to pass it on.
Where are they clubbing tonight? Who is in love with who? and Who is the mysterious Dawson and why is he being watched? Then a surprising conclusion that was both strange and disturbing.
I'd recommend this book, though not for the faint hearted. It is a black comedy afterall, so that should give you some clue as to the content.