The title of this book was so ‘naff’, it was genius. I just had to read it.
Bubba comes across as just another ‘good old Texan boy’, but as the novel progresses, the reader discovers that he’s far from what he fist appears. I liked the way the author gradually exposes more and more f his character, and it takes until almost the end of the story before we realise the true extent of him (and I have a sneaking suspicion the author isn’t finished yet).
Ms Bevill portrays the community the novel is set in with love, sympathy and some tongue-in-cheek humour. I can well understand how everyone knows everyone else’s business in this small town (having come from one myself), and how people are inclined to think the worst, in spite of knowing him all his life, because that’s the way many people really are.
Bubba’s mother adds idiosyncratic humour to the novel, as does the dog! And Bubba is endearing and funny, and not half as stupid as he is expected to be. The characters are mostly stereotypes, but I believe this is intentionally done, adding to the comedic aspects of this story.
I did guess who had ‘done it’ before the end, but not until a good two-thirds of the way through, and it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the novel, however, I did think the reasoning behind the murder to be a little on the weak side.
Nevertheless, this is an easy and enjoyable read, smooth flowing and well written.
(review of free book)