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This narrative gives a fresh, lighter feel on Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, and even has a character named Bates. Underneath the mystery (including a good slather of “who done it”) are mid-century era references to the treatment of minorities in the south and women everywhere. I found myself rooting for the main character, Leslie, who is a New Yorker and writer who transplants herself to the south. Leslie neither loses civility under pressure of small town residences who are easily influenced by local authorities; a neighborly, if false, smile; and the offer of apple pie, nor allows herself to be totally controlled by an imperfect personal past or the people who respond negatively to it. The best parts of Boxes for Beds were the relationships between Leslie and her daughter; Sheriff Bates and his deputy, Gus; and the people of the town and their collective judgements. Author Joann Miller uses these situations to build energy and several backstories around Leslie. These elements make for an interesting narrative. Still, I something was missing, depth of texture or complexity perhaps, to keep me connected and captivated.
The narrator, while speaking slow enough for me to crank up the speed to 1.5x, does a good job capturing what felt like the author’s intent.
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The plot was very interesting and the ending was good. I would have liked a little more background or information on the motive. The motive was presented, but the full story wasn't really presented.
The narrator was perfect for this book. She had nice accents, and she had a voice that seemed was great for a mom in the 70s.
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