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Wicked Witch of the East, the tabloids called her. Bloody Weirdo, is what the locals said.
Unsworth's best yet, as sharp as vinegar on chips
A serious talent ... she has brilliantly captured that desperate sense of teenage boredom, isolation, danger and mayhem
A creepy, credible page-turner that delights and disturbs
A great, page-turning read. I think the whole package works beautifully: memory traces, bad magic, sounds, smells
Fans of Cathi Unsworth's potent brand of period noir have come to expect her trademark fluid writing, tense plotting and believable characters but in Weirdo, she has added an extra dimension of intensity. Set partly in the 1980s and partly in the early 2000s, the bang-on and powerful evocation of being a Punk in the provinces twists round the switchback central story of madness and murder like a perfect riff. Satisfying and beautifully done, Weirdo is a brilliant read, by a brilliant author.
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