Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Good Behavior by Blake Crouch

Title: Good Behavior 
Author: Blake Crouch 
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Release Date: November 15, 2016

Fresh out of prison and fighting to keep afloat, Letty Dobesh returns to her old tricks burglarizing suites at a luxury hotel. While on the job, she overhears a man hiring a hit man to kill his wife. Letty may not be winning any morality awards, but even she has limits. Unable to go to the police, Letty sets out to derail the job, putting herself on a collision course with the killer that entangles the two of them in a dangerous, seductive relationship.

Good Behavior comprises three interlinked novellas, The Pain of Others , Sunset Key , and Grab , which together form a novel-length portrait of Blake Crouch’s all-time favorite character creation, Letty Dobesh.

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Good behavior is a compilation of 3 novellas featuring the character Letty Dobesh.  

Letty is a junkie and a thief. She has been to prison a few times. Her poisons include alcohol and crystal. 

In the first novella The Pain of Others, she's trying to steal from people staying at a hotel. She goes into their rooms and grabs whatever valuables they have. The last room she is going to hit has her in a bind. The man staying in the room comes back too soon before she can leave. She hides and listens to a conversation she shouldn't. This takes her into a very different path.

The second novella Sunset Key, Letty is back on drugs but in order to accomplish her next heist, she needs to sober up and gain some weight. She is working for Javier and she's scared of him. The job involves spending the last night of freedom with a very dangerous man before he goes to prison. 

The final novella Grab begins with Letty working as a waitress. She's also in therapy with Christian. When she loses her job and is offered a casino heist, she can't resist. 

This is my first time reading these novellas and I can see why they are making a series out of them. 
Letty is a damaged character with redeemable qualities. She fights her addictions and she wants to get better in order to have her son back in her life. She knows she has screwed up multiple times and the only time she is not thinking about getting high is when she's involved in a heist. In a way, she replaces her love for drugs with adrenaline. 

If I have to pick my favorite one, I'm going to go with Grab. It had a pretty unexpected twist and I loved it. 

I can't wait to see this character's adaptation on my TV. 

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Thomas & Mercer via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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