We’re Going to the Wild Wild West: Nov/Dec Book Club Picks

Cowboy Wester #60 Charlton Comics, Aug 1956, Maurice Whitman

In October the #WWACBook Club discussed Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. It’s the story of a girl named, Anna, who goes on a spring break trip to Aruba with her friends. While they are there her best friend, Elise, is murdered, and Anna is arrested and put on trial for the crime. It is a highly suspenseful read with a lot of great twists — the kind of book you can easily get wrapped up in.

Dangerous Girls, Abigail Haas, Simon Pulse 2013In addition to the twists, one of the most interesting parts of the novel was the role of the media. Transcripts of a fictional talk show called the Clara Rose Show, demonstrate how speculation in the media can run rampant despite how little information they have. It was interesting to think about how the media would react If this case was in the news today.

There is a great interview with Abigail Haas and fellow thriller writer Elizabeth Little on Flavorwire that talked about character “likeability.” It’s a really interesting read, and I recommend the whole interview, but one of the big points is that you can get away with “unlikeable” characters in the thriller genre. I’m curious to know what people think about that in regards to Dangerous Girls and similar style thrillers, like Gone Girl or The Silent Wife.

Do thriller writers have more freedom to write flawed female characters without criticism?

November and December Selections

Moving on from our mystery double header, we’ve decided to delve into a genre you don’t see as often any more: Westerns.

NovemRide the Rive, Louis L'Amour, Bantam, 1993ber’s Read

Ride the River by Louis L’Amour

In Ride the River, Louis L’Amour spins the tale of a young woman who has to protect her family fortune from a murderous thief and teach him what it means to be a Sackett. Sixteen-year-old Echo Sackett had never been far from her Tennessee home — until she made the long trek to Philadelphia to collect an inheritance. Echo could take care of herself as well as any Sackett man, but James White, a sharp city lawyer, figured that cheating the money from the young girl would be like taking candy from a baby. If he couldn’t hoodwink Echo out of the cash, he’d just steal it from her outright. And if she put up a fight? There were plenty of accidents that could happen to a country girl on her first trip to the big city. From the publisher’s website.

Our discussion will take place Monday, November 17 2014 at 8:30 pm EST.

December’s Read

Blood Red Road by Moira YoungBlood Red Road, Moira Young, Random House Canada, 2011

Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That’s fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when four cloaked horsemen capture Lugh, Saba’s world is shattered, and she embarks on a quest to get him back.

Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the outside world, Saba discovers she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba’s unrelenting search for Lugh stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization. From the publisher’s website.

Our discussion will take place Monday, December 22 2014. 8:30 PM EST.

Both books are available now in paperback and ebook formats from your local bookstore and online. Tweet your progress and join our discussion using the hashtag #WWACBookClub


Christa Seeley

Christa Seeley

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