I read the sample on offer and it whet my appetite for more of Carrie Rubin’s Eating Bull. Without missing a beat, I bought the book and haven’t regretted it. The best you can do in a book shop is check out the cover and read the blurb in the back. (Borders came closest to the eBook experience by providing comfy chairs for prospective buyers.) I like sample eBooks; they give you a taste of what’s to come and a chance to decide for yourself if the book will live up to its hype.
Carrie Rubin’s novel is crime fiction with a message. Unusual for that genre. Three characters: Jeremy, a teenager going through the agony of self-doubt, obesity and the scorn of his peers; Sue, a nurse on a mission to shine the spotlight on the fast food industry and Darwin, a murderer with a warped agenda. He wants to rid the world of fat people and has written a manifesto for future followers. And yet, I saw Jeremy the obese teenager and Darwin the anorexic serial killer as polar opposites yet connected.
I usually prefer nice safe cosies where amateur sleuths collect the clues for me and a happy ending is assured. Predictable and not much thinking necessary. If there’s a message to be had it’s that justice prevails and that crime doesn’t pay.
Let’s face it, with cosies I get to suspend disbelief, a necessary antidote sometimes to real life violence. But I didn’t regret reading Eating Bull. It is a thriller that pulls no punches (excuse the pun). It makes me think about how people judge each other and themselves and how the food industry cashes in on our insecurities.
A good novel relies on an interesting plot and believable characters. An honest crime fiction writer may toss in some red herrings to keep the reader motivated and guessing, but (s)he also strews the odd breadcrumb along the road for the astute reader to pick up. Carrie Rubin’s novel ticked all the boxes for me. I found Eating Bull a good and thrilling read.