December: Marjorie Bowen - crime & mystery
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In this town, survival is all about the meat. The Magnus Meat Processing Plant, or MMP (which includes the “farm” itself, the slaughterhouse, meat cattle, dairy cattle, veal calves, etc.) pretty much runs the town. Well, that and the religious group that worships meat; the cattle at the MMP are the “Chosen”. The people who work at MMP are the best paid in town and are highly regarded. But, there are a few people in town (including Richard, the man who stuns the cattle before they are killed) who are questioning it all. Richard won’t even eat meat, anymore, and his wife begs him to bring meat home for her and their twin daughters. When things start going badly, there is a showdown between the MMP workers and owner, the bishop and parsons, and the few who are questioning if this is really how it has to be.
Be warned that there are slaughterhouse descriptions in this book. I very rarely eat meat, but I have read and seen enough online to realize that what’s described in the book (the treatment of the cattle, anyway) is, sadly, probably all too real. Also, sadly, very little actually shocked me, though it’s still so horrible. I’d describe the book as a dystopian horror and I’m rating it “good”. I found it very dark and bleak, but also an interesting story.
>6 sturlington: I'll have to read more Denise Mina! I did read one of her books, Garnethill, several years ago. I liked it very much but for some reason, I've not gotten around to reading the sequels.
I'm most of the way through The Substitute by Nicole Lundrigan, about a substitute science teacher who finds one of his students hanging in his backyard. It's really a very dark read, as the author alternates between his perspective and that of the killer.
That's my last horror read of 2017. Hope to see all of you in the 2018 ScaredyKIT threads!