Cracking Crime: Plastic by Christopher Fowler
Plastic by Christopher Fowler
Ever wondered what it might be like to be abandoned in London with no money and no phone?
About the Book
June Cryer is a shopaholic suburban housewife trapped in a lousy marriage. After discovering her husband’s infidelity with her flight attendant neighbour means she loses her home, her husband and her credit rating, she hits rock bottom. But she has been offered a solution: a friend needs someone reliable to act as caretaker in a spectacular london high-rise apartment. It’s just for the weekend, but there’s good money in it…
Seizing the opportunity to escape, June moves into the penthouse only to find that there’s no electricity and no phone. She must flat-sit until the security system comes back on. When a terrified girl breaks into the flat and June makes the mistake of asking the neighbours for help, she finds herself embroiled in an escalating nightmare, trying to prove that a murderer exists. For the next 24 hours, she must survive on the streets without friends or money, solve an impossible crime, and fight off the urge to buy a new wardrobe.
It’s Dead Good because…
With a foreword by Joanne Harris extolling the virtues of Plastic, the novel kicks off in Surburbia where we are introduced to June who you just can’t help but feel sorry for. She seems to have disconnected with her life and her only means of interacting with the real world is through spending copious amounts of cash she doesn’t have! Highly relate-able you follow June on a journey to rediscover her strength and individuality.
Christopher Fowler’s subtle touch handles the sinister ideas of human trafficking, abandonment, disillusionment and loneliness with real humanity. It is this, combined with the eccentric and often humorous characters that June stumbles across, that gives this crime book an unusual amount of warmth.
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