Sunday, January 19, 2020

BOOK | THE BLACK DAHLIA


Hi! 

I will be, hopefully, post a book review every month as Zain and I do the 2020 Reading Challenge together. I also think this is great because the last two years have been bad for me, I didn't read as much as I usually do. One book a month should be alright, yeah? 

I love reading (and buying) books but one of my 2020 resolutions is to be more sustainable so I purchased the e-book instead. Honestly, it's been a strange experienced to start reading e-book again. I love the smell of a new book and flip from one page to another.  So having to slide onto the next page is really not my tea. However, I have to stop being selfish and think about the environment so here I am. 

This month's theme is a book with a colour in the title. Of course, I choose The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy. It has been on my reading list for so long but I haven't had time to find the book yet. 

I started this book right on the first day of January and I finally finished the book on the 16th. It took a little bit faster than I expected as The Black Dahlia is such a deep, complicated story to read on. I also didn't read this book religiously because of some errands that I had to do, appointments, and such. But I'm glad I finally finished it. 

One thing that I like about this novel is the massive impact it has on me. The story hooked me up at the start, grabbed me by the collar and dragged me around violently through the whole story, and finally dumped me into the gutter. Wow, that sounds so violent. But yeah, it was so complicated that I took some time off to be able to read it again.

The other thing is that every character is morally corrupt, to the point that I feel sorry and attached for them. They are good or bad. Mr.Ellroy is undoubtedly able to write hopelessly bad, foolish, yet lovable characters that share at least some parts with you. 

I wasn't a crime, murderer, violence genre lover type, I do love Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, but the thing with The Black Dahlia is... it truly messed up your trust to every single human on earth, basically. I was so angry to everyone in this story but yet attached to them in a way that I thought I'd never do. 

It was a quite strange experience for me to read (and to start my 2020 reading challenge) but I had no regret at all. I knew what I got myself into, I was just not expecting this story would be this dark. 

Have you read this book? If so, who's your favourite character and why? 


Love, Vera
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