Good Behavior

good-behaviorAuthor: Blake Crouch

Publisher: Thomas and Mercer

Release Date: November 15, 2016

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Unusual protagonist, twisted experiences, and now a new TV show.

Meet Letty Dobesh. She’s fresh out of prison and already thinking about hitting crystal meth again or taking on a new con job.  Now she’s pilfering from hotel rooms in Ashville’s Grove Park Inn and making a pretty good job of it, until one of the room’s occupants comes back while she is still in the room.  Hiding in the closet, she overhears a contract take place to have a man’s wife killed.  Suddenly having an internal struggle with her conscience, she feels that she needs to tell the police, but she only knows the woman’s first name.  Not to mention that she would have to implicate herself to save this woman.  Is her freedom worth the life of someone she doesn’t even know?

From the mind of Blake Crouch comes the book Good Behavior, which is actually a collection of three short novellas that Blake wrote about the character of Letty Dobesh.  If you have ever read any of his work, you know that he can quickly draw you in and take you for a wild ride.  This is no exception.  These are stories that he has written in the past and Letty manages to get into some pretty screwed up situations that most readers will never see coming.  Each story is concluded with a note from Crouch on if the story is picked up as an episode for the TV shows (WHICH STARTS TONIGHT ON TNT) and what modifications were made to it.  The way that he introduces Letty to you makes you sympathize with her through all of her escapades even though she is a user and a thief.

This book is definitely for mature readers (as is the TV show from what I’ve seen) as there is quite of bit of harsh language, violence, drug use, and some sex scenes, though not very graphic. I also wanted more.  Novellas are great ty-ins, but I was sad when each one was over because I wanted the story to continue.  I think having a TV series to continue Letty’s adventures is going to be beneficial so that I can continue to know and understand her more.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed throughout are mine.

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