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Book Review: Good Behavior by Blake Crouch

One sentence summary:

Three short stories/novellas centered around Letty Dobesh, a recovering meth addict with a sharp wit, fast improvisational skills, and dangerously sticky fingers.

I’m a big fan of Blake Crouch. Dark Matter is the first of his books I’ve read and is well worth the five stars I rated it.

If you’re expecting this book to be similar, well…don’t. Letty exists in a completely different universe from the Dark Matter world. That isn’t a bad thing, as long as you don’t come to Good Behavior expecting another quantum mechanical mind-bender.

Good Behavior is a collection of stories in development for a new TV show. This isn’t a traditional book. After each story, the author takes a few pages to explain which parts will change for the show.

The structure of the book is a bit intrusive.

It lends itself better to a TV show companion.

I wanted to immerse myself in Letty’s world, but the author kept interrupting to tell me how he is shaping it. It would have been nice to read the stories first as a whole. The author’s behind-the-scenes notes could be an afterward.

I keep debating whether I think he should have also changed the stories to be more of a cohesive narrative. But then I think, “naaaaah.” The stories are strong as is. They just don’t fit together so well. Hmm. Still undecided on that.

Here’s the rub: Letty is a meth addict. Here in the midwest, our addicts are not at all Letty’s ilk. She can stay clean for a couple of weeks, then be beautiful and cunning enough to not only fit in with the ultra-rich and powerful, but out-maneuver them.

The reality of meth addiction isn’t nearly as glamorous.

But this is a fictional world, and I can suspend reality for this character, who is quite likable. It’s a tough leap to make, though, keeping my own bias from further interfering with the story.

Despite these interruptions, I enjoyed Good Behavior and look forward to reading more from this author.

Many thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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