Notes from underground

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Advice for strays

Advice for StraysAdvice for Strays by Justine Kilkerr

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a strange book.

It’s hard to know if I can say more than that without giving away the plot, if there is a plot. Or giving away what happens to the characters and what they do.

It is also a bit confusing because sometimes one does not know which character is speaking until one is halfway down the page, and then I have to go back to the top of the page and read it again with the other character in mind. But that’s OK, because even the protagonist doesn’t really know.

And also you sometimes don’t know whether the events are taking place in the present or in the past. But that’s OK too, because most of the time the protagonist doesn’t seem to know that either.

Marnie and Jess Irving are twenty-something sisters whose father has disappeared. And in the neighbourhood where they live the cats are disappearing one by one. Marnie has a friend Shiuli and two other friends Dylan and Ruth. Sometimes they do things together but most times they dont.

It is about the ambiguities of friendship and love, about memory, love and revenge and the darkness that is within us.

I don’t think I can say more than that without giving away the plot. If there is a plot.

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