Book Review | Skeleton Women
Title: Skeleton Women
Author: Mingmei Yip
Overall, I was very pleased with Skeleton Women. The meat of the story was excellent. This idea that a woman is sent into a gangsters world as a spy in the hopes of gaining valuable information is fascinating. It read in the first person so it was easy to feel the emotionlessness that Camilla had been trained to maintain. It also aided in helping the reader experience the emotional journey and growth that occurred throughout the book. I was quite happy with the pace that her emotional growth took. Far too often authors push change on a character and it doesn’t feel believable, but with Camilla it was. Where she was at by the end of the book was also spot on for me.
Shadow was my favorite character in the beginning of the book because of the mystery that surrounded her. I was drawn to know more about her, just as Camilla was. I was disappointed by the means in which Camilla uncovered her secret. It didn’t feel believable to me at all. I don’t want to go into specifics for spoiler purposes, but ultimately it boils down to what people realistically write down. It was just too easy. And once we knew who Shadow was and her purpose, she wasn’t nearly as interesting.
I have one complaint about the book. Camilla, in her first person voice, would explain everything. It drove me nuts. There would be some clever comment made and she would then explain why it had been clever. It was like watching a stand up comic and having him explain his jokes after every single one. I found it very distracting. Camilla would also always attribute her actions to her training as a spy. We got it. If you’re doing something, it’s because you’re a spy. You don’t have to keep reminding us. Can you tell it was annoying to me?
As I approached the end of the book I was anxious to finish it to find out what happens to Camilla. I honestly had no idea how it was going to end, but I was pleased with how things were wrapped up, and in some cases left open. There were a few questions that I wish the Epilogue had answered better, but nothing I will lose sleep over. Despite the frustrating parts, I would definitely recommend Skeleton Women as a book worth reading.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel. Thanks to TLC Book Tours for the opportunity*