The only writing of Dan Savage’s that I’d read before this book was a bit of his Savage Love column, though I’d obviously heard his name around a lot. He’s famous in certain circles for a lot of things, namely writing no-nonsense responses to reader questions (primarily about sex or relationship issues), and more recently for creating an anti-Rick Santorum website.
The Mephisto Club definitely pushed the series into a bit of a new direction. It introduced some new secondary characters and a bit of a recurring theme of intellectual curiosity about evil into the series.
I think I rather preferred the version of Hadley in the book series than in True Blood. Even though she’s never really depicted alive – or undead – in the books, there’s a certain sense of her that you get in Definitely Dead. You get to know her a little through the recollections of the Queen of Louisiana, and through some of the other things that happen in the book (I don’t want to give spoilers … but the witch Amelia is so much more fun to read about than the witches in the tv show were to watch).
This is definitely my favourite of Flynn’s novels. Gone Girl was the first one I read – like most people, when it hit the blogs and I couldn’t seem to escape it any longer – but, in the end, I liked both Sharp Objects and Dark Places better.
Maybe it’s because Camille reminded me a bit of myself as a teenager, or maybe it was because the story focused had a strong female narrator. Camille isn’t always strong, but even in her weakness, she’s more relatable than Nick in Gone Girl.
I’d heard a lot about this book in the past, and one of the schools that I was teaching at even used it as required reading for one of its courses. I’ve been meaning to pick up a copy and see what it was about for quite a while, but hadn’t until now. I wanted a shorter book aimed at a younger audience to be a “buffer” between longer, more difficult books, and it definitely provided that.