In a Texas town, three girls are bound and murdered in an ice-cream shop. See How Small follows the lives of those affected by the murder, such as the family, witnesses and suspects.
This is a really hard book for me to review. The beginning seemed promising, but due to the nonlinear narrative, I found it really hard to get my head around and to actually enjoy it. While I was very intrigued by the beginning with the strong opening, I just couldn’t get into it at all. Like I said, my main problem with See How Small was the narrative – it just made it very hard to read. So, no, it was not necessarily a bad book, it just was not for me.
There was a lot of jumping around due to the narrative. There were memory flashbacks which were back and forth, back and forth. There were jumps from one character to another so fast that it was hard to keep track of the story or the characters. There were so many characters and they were introduced so fast in the beginning that it made me a little lost as I was not sure how they were connected to the event or what their role played. It would go from one character to another, which left me no time to connect with any of them, so I was not at all emotionally invested in the story because I had no emotional connection to the characters.
Of course, it is easy to admit that Scott Blackwood is a gifted writer and See How Small definitely has a haunting prose, but unfortunately the way the story was told was not for me. I feel like I need to stress that this is not necessarily a bad book, it is a ‘it’s not you it’s me’ type of read.
MY RATING: ★★☆☆☆