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Book Title: Karma's A Bitch|
The author of the book: Shannon Esposito
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Date of issue: November 11th 2011
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Karma's a Bitch was such a delightful book.
It follows Darwin, a 28-year-old woman who moves to Florida and opens a pet boutique, along with Sylvia, who takes care of the grooming. As she is new there and quite softhearted, she befriends a homeless man, Mad Dog, who eventually ends up dead in a lake with an expensive bottle of rum nearby.
Darwin, has a unique gift, she gets psychic visions from animals and Mad Dog's dog, Karma, "tells" her that this was no suicide or accident. She keeps believing that even when a suicide note turns up and she has difficulty convincing the detective leading the investigation, Will without actually disclosing her secret.
Being kind and charitable as she is, she is friendly with the whole homeless community in the area and it is there, through helping the, that she seeks for answers. She knew Mad Dog was sober and she knew he had no desire to kill himself, so she embarks on an investigation on her own tracking leads and being reckless.In this quest she is aided (even if they didn't exactly realize they were helping her) not just by the homeless, but also by Frankie, a homeless-turned-millionaire after she won the lottery. And as Darwin keeps closing in on the murderer even through sheer luck and determination, she realizes that maybe her life is at danger.
I loved Darwin. She was such a sweetheart, without being too "saintly". I liked how she realized the danger on some level, even if she didn't acknowledge it. She grew up rather rurally so, perhaps she didn't exactly appreciate how more difficult life could be in a bigger city, but still she took everything as it came with dignity and courage and humor. I liked how she was polite to everyone and the relationships she built with her assistant/partner, the homeless, Frankie, even the dogs were quite touching. They felt real and warm and it was just the kind of person she was.
The plot was quite interesting as you had to know what was going on. The author paid attention to detail and it was fascinating to see everything evolve, because it was developed gradually and realistically. There was no instant "uhuh" moment of epiphany - that happens mostly in movies, but it was slow and it felt like an investigation anyone would do, in the sense that she was an everyday girl and had no experience or skills regarding that. Even though the character we come to know more about is Darwin, we still get glimpses of the other characters as well and som e of their mannerisms and some characteristics that defined them, like i.e. Sylvia with her loyalty and love for anything having to do with fashion, Frankie and her soft spot for the people who were in her precious position and her need to pamper herself and help others, Will and his need to get to know Darwin better (fact which caused him to reveal certain aspects of the investigation's findings to her...
I have to admit that I didn't see the end coming. I was thinking something along the lines of "Fight Club" or something, but the author proved me wrong. It was a lot more sinister and abrupt.
I had no idea who the real killer was till the very end and I also had no idea why Mad Dog was killed. Like some people in the book say, the homeless community is a dangerous one, but still it doesn't always lead to violent death, especially when someone plans to turn his life around and has already started to.
The book was very entertaining and you got invested in the story but I have to admit it was a bit slow at some points (without ever, actually dragging) and the first vision Darwin had, which made her initiate the investigation, was not a very clear one, with Karma seeing Mad Dog in the water and following someone there. I had no idea if that meant that he got there himself and fell or if it was someone else and not some sort of accident. But as the story moved on we understood it better by Darwin's conviction. Also even if the attachment Darwin formed on Mad Dog was a little quick (after all, they only knew each other for a week), I can really see how with her having no friends there and missing her family, she wanted to feel needed and like she was helping someone and grew fond of him so soon.
All in all an adorable book that will captivate your heart with its directness and lovely dog images...And of course, the social message that you should help whoever you can!!oh and a dash of romance.
** Given by the author for my honest opinion. Thank you! :)
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