Julia C. Lewis
Katie: A Review
Paperback, 1st Edition, 295 pages
Published September 1st 1982 by Avon Books
For a book that starts with animal cruelty, I was expecting to DNF it at some point. I was, to be honest, a bit shocked when I first read the opening chapter. I'm a huge animal lover and can't stand graphic animal cruelty in a book. But then I got invested. I loved learning about Philo and her new life in New York City. It was honestly one of the most entertaining books I've read.
I also felt strong discontent with the Snapes and all the horrific events they put Philo through. Even though this book is titled "Katie", it actually follows the life of Philo. Katie is the main villain, but at the end of the book, you'll be wishing for her to disappear. I'm not sure if I've ever downright hated a trio of book characters as much as she and her family.
Overall, I very much enjoyed this book and McDowell's take on a Victorian thriller (which is quite different from his usual Southern setting).