Leave it to Skuse to roll out the crazy train when it comes to characters and plots. I can almost guarantee that there will be something really twisted in any story she writes.
At first Rhiannon seems like such an underdog. The type of person everyone likes to shove around and kick while they are down. Never praised for her achievements or allowed to rise above her lowly station. Typically the type of person to end up being a victim.
Then there is the other side of Rhiannon, the part of her personality nobody knows about. Hmm well some of them know, but they choose to say nothing. thereby possibly endangering the rest of humanity. Ok that might be a slight exaggeration.
When the reader is introduced to the more vengeful side of Rhiannon they may find it hard to feel any sympathy towards her at all. She is cold, calculating, and yet at the same time you could say she is ridding the world of unsavoury characters. The thing is, who is she to be both judge and jury, and to hand out punishment. Saying that, a small part of me totally identified with Rhiannon aka Sweetpea. I’ll leave it to your imagination to figure out which part of her I identified with.
Essentially that is part of the Skuse magic, she isn’t afraid to write what everyone else is thinking or present the unimaginable. Occasionally we all have the kind of thoughts that could land us in prison. Luckily we don’t have anyone policing our actual thinking processes yet. Close, but no cigar, as yet.
Sweetpea is a brutal read, but perhaps more so because it isn’t your typical garden variety killer. You might find it an uncomfortable read at times, because there is a wee bit of Sweetpea in everyone of us. Kudos to the author for another memorable read.