I’m actually really excited to read Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok, a fact that is ironically somewhat shocking considering the ominous nature of this book. I don’t typically go for novels this dark, especially when they discuss murders and the bodies of the killer’s victims. It’s just always been something that I’ve shied away from in novels and films, likely because I’ve never once found this sort of story entertaining and because any in depth description of bodies has always been something that I find disgusting to the point that I feel uncomfortable with it. And this is why I was never able to go to med school, despite having a desire to do so for Psychiatry. I just cannot deal with the bodies even on an imagery level much less on a physical one. But Spectacle, at least, despite it’s very dark themes sounds pretty exciting as far as YA reads go and this one is definitely going to end up finding a place on my TBR.
The main character of Spectacle, Nathalie Baudin, is a journalist in Paris whose job is to write a daily column on the newest bodies that have been brought to the morgue. It was a rather dull life up until the day that she had a vision of one of the newly deceased women brought in being murdered, from the eyes of the murderer himself. And now, suddenly she finds herself in the difficult position of being the only person in Paris who may be able to find the killer, though she may in fact become one of his victims instead if she cannot find him in time. A novel of mystery and death, making me think back to some Jack the Ripper themes I’ve read in the past, I’m definitely looking forward to giving this book a chance.
What are your thoughts on this novel? Is it one that you’ll be adding to your own TBR? Do you think you’d rather pass on account of the dark nature of the book? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!