Title: This Little Piggy
Author: Bea Davenport
Publisher: Legend Times Group
Date of Publication: 1 April 2015
Number of Pages: 288
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers – Literature/Fiction (adult)
Rating: 4 stars
Disclaimer: Copy provided free by Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: It’s the summer of 1984 and there is a sense of unease on the troubled Sweetmeadows estate. The residents are in shock after the suspicious death of a baby and tension is growing due to the ongoing miners’ strike. Journalist Clare Jackson follows the story as police botch the inquiry and struggle to contain the escalating violence. Haunted by a personal trauma she can’t face up to, Clare is shadowed by nine-year-old Amy, a bright but neglected little girl who seems to know more about the incident than she’s letting on. As the days go on and the killer is not found, Clare ignores warnings not to get too close to her stories and in doing so, puts her own life in jeopardy.
Review: I was nervous about reading this. Please don’t ask me why, the answer is not structured nor coherent. Part of me, I think, was nervous about the word “piggy”, what with being a large woman who still has a fear of being teased and ridiculed when reading in public. Ridiculous, yes.
All personal baggage aside, this book is fantastic!
I don’t feel I can go into much detail about This Little Piggy without giving away something in the plot. I’m not even going to say more than that. Just read it.
One thing I would like to congratulate Bea Davenport on is her writing. This isn’t as strange as it might seem. Think about how many times you’ve started a book set in the 1980s or the 1880s or the 1780s and been surprised but not all that cognisant of how modern the language and the writing. How many books have you read, set in a historical period that may as well be modern except for the clothing? Davenport escapes this invisible and largely unacknowledged constraint. For me, this book could have been written in 1984. There is no moment where you are jolted out of the correct time frame. The miners strike, the picket line, the typewriters and the description of their noise. There are payphones and journalists who do shorthand and then call their stories through to copy writers. They think nothing of jumping in their cars, also unassuming, to go cover a story. Every element, for me, is 100% believable. I haven’t read anything that comes close to this for a while.
It’s not a big read, it isn’t a challenging read but it is definitely one that should be on your to read list.