Book Review: Death by Cucumber by Lisa Ammerman

It’s book review time. Before I get to my review, here’s the lowdown on the book:

Death by Cucumber

Format read in: Kindle

Price at time of purchase: $0

Price now: $0.99 (Amazon)

Genre: General fiction

Number of pages: 244 pages

Published and/or publisher: April 2012

Goodreads synopsis:

Anna, a browbeaten housewife who never complains or dares question her loveless marriage, suddenly finds herself the victim of a brutal stabbing. As she recovers in the hospital, her controlling husband and a fatherly detective coax her to speak, but she refuses to say what happened. They’d never guess she’s facing her own inner truths instead, craving answers to questions she’s avoided thinking about for years. 

Anna wants to understand her hidden wounds of guilt and regret; her motives in choosing to cling to a dull and sheltered life; her crime of marrying a man who gives her everything except what she really needs.

She might be incapacitated from her injuries, but she’s going to shock some people again. Maybe she’d already begun to rebel, just weeks before the stabbing, by befriending Bernie, a 53-year-old alcoholic neighbor with an odd hobby of growing cucumbers. Now Bernie’s a suspect in the stabbing–not surprising, given his crass, lecherous behavior. 

But Anna isn’t going to admit to anything until she’s ready. She wonders why Bernie is lying to the police about his alibi. Then he impetuously visits her in the hospital—as if he’s reached his own breaking point. She’s astonished by what he says. Will it give her the courage to face her own cool-as-a-cucumber facade and tell the truth about what led to the crime?

This is a story about what can happen when we deny our emotions, and how heartaches can break and heal the most unlikely bonds between men and women.

My review:

I made the mistake of judging this book by its cover, its title and its synopsis. Not something I will be doing again in the near future. Its funny how a badly written synopsis will leave you with a preconceived idea of what a book will be like. And then your mind is blown when the book turns out not to be what you expect.

Which is what happened with this book. I started reading, expecting the main character to be killed by a cucumber (seriously….I did). What I got instead was insight to two different people’s lives and how their choices affect them down the road.

If I had a complaint about this book was that it got confusing, sometimes, when switching back and forth between present and past (mainly Anna). I also didn’t catch on that something else happened to Anna until about halfway though the book. But, I was also reading while my older two were home on school vacation. So I was interrupted constantly. If not by the baby, then by B and Z fighting :P.

So, this will be going on my must read again shelf. I was pleasently surprised by the characters and the author kept you guessing as to who hurt Anna. I was fooled until the last couple of chapters. Also, the ending was a huge surprise. HUGE!!!

Book I am reading now:

Eeny Meeny Miny Mo

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