Death of a Bookseller Book Review

Death of a Bookseller Book Review

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! I am back with another book review. This was one of my most anticipated books for 2023, so let’s just dive right in!

The story follows Roach, a weird true crime fanatic and Laura, a sad and lonely bookseller. Both work at the same bookstore trying to save it from going under. Upon meeting, Roach develops a strange and obsessive liking to Laura, but the same cannot be said for Laura. She hates Roach and wants absolutely nothing to do with her. But things start to escalate the longer Roach and Laura work together, and things take a dangerous turn when Roach’s obsession becomes too much.

When I first finished this book, I had a lot of mixed feelings. But now that the dust has settled, I realized that I liked this book a lot more than I initially thought. The writing is what really kept me chugging along. It was a dark and twisted book, so the language was also dark and twisted, and it just really set the overall tone of the book.

Slater was also trying to make a point with this book that today’s society has an unhealthy obsession with true crime, serial killers, crime documentaries, etc. Which we can see in Roach even though she probably wouldn’t admit to it being an unhealthy obsession. She was definitely a weird character, but memorable. Laura was the complete opposite and could not understand why Roach was so into true crime and couldn’t understand why she wanted to know all the gory details about someone murder.

The book was a little too drawn out for me. I felt it would’ve done better if most of the action between Laura and Roach didn’t happen so far apart. The ending was definitely worth the wait though. After finally waiting for something to happen, the book really went out with a bang.

There was also alternating perspectives between Roach and Laura so it was interesting to see what Laura thought of the things Roach was doing and to see her life slowly unravel.

Overall, I would give this 4/5 stars. I would recommend but also take into consideration the length of the book compared to the action of the story.

Alright folks, that is all I have for today! Come back next Wednesday for another blog post! As always thank you reading:)