Angry Enough to Kill
By Robin Loving Rowland
I generally don’t read fiction because it’s not often the truest thing that never happened, as my husband likes to call it, but we are fortunate to live in a literary town, and many of our friends are writers. It is a pleasure to read what they write no matter the genre, so it was a pleasure to receive an advance reading copy of Canadian Sheryl Dunn’s thriller, Angry Enough to Kill… and then I couldn’t put it down. “Five million pedophiles…Three angry women…One desperate solution,” says the tag line, before asking, “Would you kill to protect a child?” Good question. And while Dunn does not advocate killing, her characters’ anguish and choices are believable. Paraphrasing Edmund Burke, Dunn reminds us that evil flourishes when good men do nothing.
Dunn grew up in an Ozzie and Harriet family, but after discovering the horrid extent of child abuse, she researched the topic well so that through her books she could bring public awareness to the subject. The theme of this book is a difficult subject, but there are beautiful turns of phrase on almost every page, and realistic characterizations and believable dialog yield an authentic feel. No matter where you pick it up, it moves quickly to the next crescendo with clever voices, easily visualized action, and unexpected twists. Interesting analogies, suspenseful foreshadowing, and surprising insights make this thought provoking and hard to put down.
This would make a great buddy movie. I highly recommend it for book clubs, for it is relevant to today’s moral quandaries and includes an extensive discussion guide. But don’t take my word for it. Read what Publisher’s Weekly has to say about it, or what the screenwriter of the movie Poltergeist said. If you are so inclined, you can even vote for it at bookbzz.com, for it is a 2015 Prize Writer finalist.
Dunn’s book can be found on Amazon, and will be available at the Writer’s Conference Feb. 13-15 at Real de Minas. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and sjdunnauthor.com.