Little Deaths

Little Deaths Inspired by a true story Little Deaths like celebrated novels by Sarah Waters and Megan Abbott is compelling literary crime fiction that explores the capacity for good and evil in us all It s

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  • Title: Little Deaths
  • Author: Emma Flint
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Inspired by a true story, Little Deaths, like celebrated novels by Sarah Waters and Megan Abbott, is compelling literary crime fiction that explores the capacity for good and evil in us all.It s 1965 in a tight knit working class neighborhood in Queens, New York, and Ruth Malone a single mother who works long hours as a cocktail waitress wakes to discover her two smallInspired by a true story, Little Deaths, like celebrated novels by Sarah Waters and Megan Abbott, is compelling literary crime fiction that explores the capacity for good and evil in us all.It s 1965 in a tight knit working class neighborhood in Queens, New York, and Ruth Malone a single mother who works long hours as a cocktail waitress wakes to discover her two small children, Frankie Jr and Cindy, have gone missing Later that day, Cindy s body is found in a derelict lot a half mile from her home, strangled Ten days later, Frankie Jr s decomposing body is found Immediately, all fingers point to Ruth As police investigate the murders, the detritus of Ruth s life is exposed Seen through the eyes of the cops, the empty bourbon bottles and provocative clothing which litter her apartment, the piles of letters from countless men and Ruth s little black book of phone numbers, make her a drunk, a loose woman and therefore a bad mother The lead detective, a strict Catholic who believes women belong in the home, leaps to the obvious conclusion facing divorce and a custody battle, Malone took her children s lives Pete Wonicke is a rookie tabloid reporter who finagles an assignment to cover the murders Determined to make his name in the paper, he begins digging into the case Pete s interest in the story develops into an obsession with Ruth, and he comes to believe there s something to the woman whom prosecutors, the press, and the public have painted as a promiscuous femme fatale Did Ruth Malone violently kill her own children, is she a victim of circumstance or is there something sinister at play

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    1. 2.5 stars The first third of this book was so engrossing. A woman is accused of murdering her two children--but Ruth is not your typical mother, and she will not garner the usual sympathy, because she's always perfectly made up and she drinks in excess and she takes a lot of lovers and she's--gasp--a cocktail waitress. I was interested in this portrait of a woman who is judged so harshly by her outward appearance; for some women, careful clothes and makeup are armor used to mask what's going on [...]

    2. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.It is 1965 in Queens, New York and Ruth Malone - single mother, cocktail waitress, and purveyor of sexual pleasures - discovers that her two small children have gone missing from her apartment. Swayed by neighborhood gossip, the discovery of letters from various men found in Ruth's apartment, and a large bag of empty liquor bottles discovered in her trash can, Sergeant Devlin immediately assumes she's guilty [...]

    3. 3.5 Ruth Malone wakes up one morning and finds her two young children gone, their bedroom door hooked from the outside. Did this woman, separated from her husband, get rid of her children? The detective on the case is positive she is guilty. After all there were all those liquor bottles found in her department, most of her neighbors believe she is guilty, her lack of tears is enough proof.A young woman judged guilty because of her lifestyle, her demeanor, her attention to her own grooming, her v [...]

    4. It is 1965 and a sweltering summer in Queens, New York. Ruth Malone is a young mother to five year old Frankie and four year old Cindy. Recently separated from her husband, also called Frankie, Ruth raises eyebrows in her neighbourhood. Unlike the other mothers, who stand around the stoops gossiping in drab housedresses, Ruth is always well put together. The clack of her heels is a familiar sound. She laughs too loudly, drinks too much and is a little too fond of male company. Ruth is tired of h [...]

    5. This fictional story is based on a true case, the Alice Crimmins case.The year is 1965 and Ruth Malone finds her children missing from their bedroom. The police are convinced from the beginning that she has hurt the children, and begin to build a case against her.This book is written in third person throughout, and the reader gets Ruth's perspective, as well as a reporter, Pete, who is assigned to cover the story.When I first heard about this book, I was excited to read it. Then when it first ca [...]

    6. Ruth: mother of two missing children, drinker, whore. She is not the usual picture of grief, instead composed in the day, let loose at night. Unlikeable. Gossip worthy. People think she did it, especially Detective Devlin, desperate to convict her despite the lack of evidence. But is she guilty of murder? Or guilty of failing to live up to the male standard of female behaviour in 1965 New York? She's too free, too sexual, too alien to these men unless she performs her role as mother or slut. Eve [...]

    7. All of my reviews can be found on novelgossipThis book caught my eye immediately for several reasons. First, the cover is so striking in its simplicity, then the blurb is intriguing, I love that it takes place in the sixties, it’s one of my favorite eras. After I received my copy I discovered that the author was inspired by a real case and that was just the icing on the cake for me. I haven’t read a true crime novel for quite some time, but the idea of reading a book with truthful elements w [...]

    8. For me, Little Deaths was a marvel of a novel. Poignant, thought provoking, beautifully written and engaging, also randomly rage inducing – I went through a spectrum of emotions reading Ruth’s story and at the end I was wrung out.Also, warning: Will cause google mania as you look up the case that Emma Flint took her inspiration from. That is also extraordinarily fascinating. I have today purchased her recommended book on the subject.Little Deaths starts with a tragedy – two missing childre [...]

    9. This story felt very familiar to me. Maybe it's because it is the tenth work of fiction inspired by the infamous Alice Crimmins case. Or maybe it's the fact that every character was a cliché, every twist seemed telegraphed. I just felt like I'd read it all before.Ruth Malone is a struggling cocktail waitress in 1960s Queens, recently estranged from her husband Frank. One sweltering July night, her two children go missing from their beds. And when their battered bodies are found a few days later [...]

    10. A difficult read in terms of the subject matter. The murder of two young children isn't always going to be an uplifting read. However, when the matter is treated with care and an original eye a fictional account can helps us see our humanity and the frailties of life.Ruth Malone is struggling in her relationship with the children's father so lives as a single mother, working long hours as a cocktail waitress to meet the needs of the household. Ruth is a woman first and therefore in her presentat [...]

    11. I read this in one stretch, which I think was the best way for me to read it, not because I couldn't put it down, but because I could easily have lost interest if I hadn't committed to consuming it in a single gulp.A much-hyped debut for 2017, Little Deaths opens on a woman in prison, and then tells us how she got there. Ruth Malone is a cocktail waitress who lives with her young children, Frankie and Cindy. One day, Ruth goes to check on her kids and discovers they are not in their bedroom; soo [...]

    12. The story is a heartbreaking one. A single mother of two wakes up to find her kids are gone and no clue what happened to them, that is until both turn up dead at different times. Ruth has had so many men in her life and has been drinking so much, it's possible she can't think clearly and can't trust anyone. She is thought guilty based on her attractive appearance, her aloofness to other housewives, her occupation as a cocktail waitress, her reputation for bringing men home. Poor example of a mot [...]

    13. You read this and all of my reviews at Lit.Wit.Wine.DineI was so excited to begin this this book. I knew that it was based on a true story story but it was one I was unfamiliar with. I made the conscious decision not to do any research on the case prior to reading this fictionalized version.As you can probably tell from my rating, I had several problems with the book. The first is that it was really quite boring. It just dragged on until the very last chapters. There were several points at which [...]

    14. I won a copy of Little Deaths in a Giveaway.In the summer of 1965, Ruth Malone’s two young children disappear from her apartment in Queens. Ruth and her husband, Frank, are separated and in the middle of a nasty custody battle for the children, Cindy and Frank, Jr. The police, a rather chauvinistic and narrow-minded lot, almost immediately suspect Ruth has either stashed the children somewhere to get back at her husband - or worse, she has killed them. Their suspicions increase when they disc [...]

    15. Slow-burning thriller set in QUEENS, New YorkLists of up-coming books to watch our for in 2017 have been buzzing about Little Deaths, so I was keen to see if the book lives up to the hype. It does, it is a fascinating debut.The setting for this novel is Queens, New York in the mid 1960s. It is July, hot and sweltering, the locals are edgy. The murder of two young children, Frankie Junior and Cindy, stirs the community into a frenzy.Ruth – mother to the two murdered children – has separated f [...]

    16. Maybe may expectations were wrong, but the story never really convinced me. Bits and pieces were good, especially those about how we perceive others, but - for me - the book lacked suspense (and at times, a good editor).

    17. Little DeathsByEmma FlintWhat it's all aboutRuth is separated from her husband, Frank. She has two little childrenCindy and Frankie. One morning Ruth wakes up and they are gone. She becomes the main suspect for their disappearance. Why I wanted to read itThis book is loosely based on an actual crime that took place in Queens in the sixties. Ruth is differentrhaps a bit loose, a bit wanton and a bit openly sexual. The police choose her as the perpetrator almost immediately. What made me truly enj [...]

    18. Although this has the backbone of a familiar crime plot (the murder of two young children), Flint isn't so much interested in the mystery of whodunnit as in the way in which the police 'know' that it's Ruth, the young mother, who's guilty simply because she drinks, has separated from her husband and has other lovers. The ingrained misogyny and cultural stereotypes of the 'bad' woman are what's really on trial here - sadly views which haven't completely dispersed since the 1965 setting of the boo [...]

    19. It’s 1965, and Ruth Malone is a single mother in Queens, working as a cocktail waitress to support herself and her young son and daughter. But when her children go missing in the night, the police do not focus their investigation on who took the kids but on Ruth herself. Ruth’s pleas for the cops to find who took her children go largely ignored as the detectives instead ask the pretty redhead about her boyfriends and her late-night drinking, because the police think Ruth did it for attention [...]

    20. Interesting, butI don't know. It raised so many questions in my mind that I actually went on to read about the actual case. For instance, this woman got out a LOT. In reality, she had a live-in housekeeper, which resolved so many issues raised by the fictional account!

    21. Skin deep.Let the jumble of thoughts commence; I had high expectations when it came to Emma Flint's debut Little Death's. The story about a mother being a suspect in her children's murders is obviously rife with dramatic potential, and I feel in the hands of a different author this could have been great. What it should have been was a character study focusing on the mother's emotions and state of mind, yet the author falls into the trappings of making it a mystery, complete with a big reveal tha [...]

    22. Muertes pequeñas no es una novela negra al uso. No se trata sólo de averiguar quién ha matado a los pequeños Frankie y Cindy sino que va más allá de la trama policiaca. Trata los prejuicios contra las mujeres, de cómo se le educa para tener un aspecto y una conducta correctas, y cómo se les reprocha cuando pierden esa compostura o no se comportan como se espera de ellas. Cómo las propias mujeres somos nuestro peor enemigo. No dejéis de leerla.

    23. I didn't DNF this, but I did skim through the second half til the end because no matter how much I wanted to, I just couldn't get into reading it. Which is kind of sad, because this was one of my most anticipated releases for 2017 and I was so sure I'd love it.What kept me from losing myself in the book was that the story itself was actually kind of boring. I don't mean to say that the notion of young children going missing/being murdered is boring; I just mean that a story with such subject mat [...]

    24. I finished this book a week or so ago and have been mulling over what to say about it because it is a difficult story to like and yet it's really interesting in terms of people's expectations and prejudices. This is not a traditional crime novel even though all the hallmarks are there - it is much more concerned with the public perceptions of Ruth and not what 'really' happened.Set in the summer of 1965 in New York, Ruth Malone is the mother of two children but also a woman who is seperated from [...]

    25. based on a true life crime in 1960's america. located in mid 1960's new york 2 children frankie jr and cindy go missing but are found murdered and all the gossip is that the mother Ruth has done it, as she is an alcoholic, dates many mene novel itself to me is a page turner as it progresses from the disappearance to the court case but had to admit the sting in the tail was unexpected at the end.

    26. Little Deaths is Emma Flint's latest novel.Flint professes that "Since childhood, she has been drawn to true crime stories, developing an encyclopaedic knowledge of real-life murder cases. She is equally fascinated by notorious historical figures and by unorthodox women – past, present and fictional."Those interests are put to good use in Little Deaths. The novel is a fascinating blend of literary mystery, character study and social commentary.Set in 1960's blue collar New York. Ruth Malone is [...]

    27. Ruth Malone is a beautiful young mother to two angelic children, Frankie and Cindy. Ruth is separated from her husband Frank with whom she is in the middle of a bitter custody battle over their children. Waking up one morning to find both her children missing Ruth frantically rings Frank who contacts the police, and a search begins.Pete Wonicke is a young tabloid reporter who becomes fascinated with the story of the missing children, and even more fascinated by Ruth herself. He is hypnotized by [...]

    28. DNF @ 60%This begins as quite an emotion filled, distressing novel. We start by meeting Ruth, an alcoholic, single mother in a custody battle with her husband over her two small children, Cindy & Frankie. While her keeping her appearance perfect and spending her time with various men keep her occupied, she loves her kids more than anything. After a pleasant day in the park, she puts Cindy & Frankie to bed, this is the last time she’ll see them alive. Then there’s Pete, a newbie journ [...]

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