Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is one of those book that is gathering a lot of love and I felt rather "meh" about. Why? In part it's the slightly florrid writing ("Stan's gesturing hand passed over the woman - the life wring out in bruises beneath her eyes, soaking and blooming and drying the dirt, as he waved his palm over her breasts and the curve of her hip and her delicate, motionless face."). Whew! It felt like very other sentence was like that, which is a little tiring.
The other problem I had was with Becca. She's supposed to have Big Plans, wanting desperately to get away from the town and its gossips and lack of, well, anything. The finding of the body and how that affects her is supposed to be freighted with meaning, but I didn't really get that. Even her relationship with James felt muted. The parallels between Becca and Amelia Anne are (per the jacket copy) strong, but again, I read them as muted. Was I supposed to worry that Becca, too, would end up dead? Or that she was trapped in this small, backwards town? It wasn't clear.
The mystery of who the dead girl is, who killed her and who knew what could have been far sharper, particularly if the writing had been toned down. Becca's emotions (hinted at, but often ignored for pages) could also have been more prominent.
Copy provided by publisher.