Sunday, August 21, 2011

Centuries of June by Keith Donohue, 342 pages

Jake is heading to the bathroom in the middle of the night when the next thing he knows is that he's on the floor with a hole in his head, and there are eight women in his bed. Telling the story of how he ended up on the floor, Jake keeps getting interrupted by the women attempting to kill him one by one, and then sharing their stories. Each of the women come from a different time in American history and all share the link of being done wrong by their man.
This was an extremely odd and different read, a mystery crossed with a ghost story with humor and history mixed in for good measure. The reader almost needs a scorecard to help keep track of the women and murder attempts. This is a multi-layered story, rich with detail and wonderfully quirky characters. While this is not a book I would have picked up on my own, it wasn't a bad read.

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