Weirdo by Cathi UnsworthWeirdo by Cathi Unsworth


byCathi Unsworth

Paperback | October 19, 2013

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Named one of the Best Crime Books of the Year by the Guardian , Weirdo is an atmospheric thriller about a teenage girl convicted of murder in a 1980s seaside town and the private investigator who reopens the case to discover that she may not have acted alone . . .

Corinne Woodrow was fifteen when she was convicted of the ritualistic murder of her classmate in a quaint seaside town. It was 1984, a year when teenagers ran wild, dressed in black, stayed out all night, and listened to music that terrified their parents. Rumours of Satanism surrounded Corinne and she was locked up indefinitely, a chilling reminder to the parents of Ernemouth to keep a watchful eye on their children.

Twenty years later, private investigator Sean Ward - whose promising career as a detective with the Metropolitan Police was cut short by a teenager with a gun - reopens the case after new forensic evidence suggests that Corinne didn't act alone. His investigation uncovers a town full of secrets, and a community that has always looked after its own.

Cathi Unsworth began a career in journalism at nineteen and has since worked for many music, arts, film, and alternative lifestyle journals. She has been called the "Queen of Noir" in the United Kingdom and is the author of four other novels: Weirdo, The Not Knowing, The Singer, and Bad Penny Blues. She is also the editor of the award-...
Title:WeirdoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.5 × 5.25 × 1.12 inPublished:October 19, 2013Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1770893873

ISBN - 13:9781770893870


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slow burn While the buildup was slow and sometimes infuriating, I kept getting sucked back in and then surprised and yet not surprised by the ending.
Date published: 2015-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A busy plot Switching from the present "2004" back to 1984, keeping the characters straight was a little busy. A very interesting story. The British lingo was a litte difficult but gave perspective. Overall a good read.
Date published: 2015-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent plot twists I read this book twice and the second time was even better, as the characters and time lines were easier and more familiar. Thoroughly enjoyed the second reading.
Date published: 2015-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Weirdo I found at first it was very confusing and hard to remember the characters. They weren't explained very much when each of the characters were introduced. After I got further into the book, I found it very interesting and suspenseful. I can now say I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from <3 I loved it! I thought it was extremely well written and I loved reading from two different time periods. The only part I didn't enjoy was that I felt I got lost a lot with peoples names. The author seemed to jump around between characters. Difficult to make strong connections to each person.
Date published: 2014-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from <3 I found this story captivating, but was distracted by the number of characters and keeping straight their respective nicknames and relationships when flipping from past to present chapters.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Weirdo Pretty good altho it was a bit hard to follow at times with some twists..
Date published: 2014-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A top-notch cold case murder mystery If you enjoy cold case stories, or murder mystery stories then I highly recommend this novel. The characters and locations are described so vividly that you feel like you are there with them, experiencing everything. I will definitely be reading more novels by Cathi Unsworth in the future.
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Weirdo This is an excellent book, if you like mysteries. It does start SLOW but picks up the pace to become something un-put downable. Qn enjoyable read.
Date published: 2013-10-28

Editorial Reviews

"A tale of treachery, crime and cover-ups. Unsworth is adept at bringing Thatcher's Britain back to life." - Sunday Business Post

"A dark tale that delicately captures an era, and the toxic power battles between teenagers." - Independent on Sunday

"...the novel is a worthy showcase for the author's undeniable skill." - Publisher's Weekly

"...darkly brilliant..." - Jamie Portman, Postmedia News