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Review: Rotters by Daniel Krause

Review Haiku!

The odors described
within the text of this book
are haunting me still.

Have you ever said to yourself, "I'm so in the mood for a really gross book?"  I've actually never said that, but if you have, Rotters will be right up your alley.  It's the story of Joey Crouch, an only child of a single mother.  When his mom is killed  suddenly in a tragic accident, he's sent to live with his father.  His father, Ken Harnett, is not a particularly kind or warm person to say the least and Joey's transition is not a smooth one. 

At first Joey is lead to believe that his father is the town garbageman but it becomes apparent something else is going on.  When he learns that his father is actually a grave-robber his world is turned upside down. When Joey then gets drawn into the world of grave-robbing himself, he finds it hypnotic and inescapable. 

Rotters is set in present day America, but the story and the characters were so different from anything I've ever come across that I had to remind myself throughout the book that this wasn't dystopia or some parallel universe.  It's fast paced, hard to put down and if nothing else will make you look forward to a good, long shower.  Because if this book is nothing else, it's descriptive of the muck, the dirt and the smell of a corpse.  Beyond those visceral reactions, I do think Joey is a sad and lonely teen and I worried and cared about him throughout the book.

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