I saw this one on Netgalley and decided I needed to try and get a copy. At just under 300 pages, STARR BRIGHT WILL BE WITH YOU SOON by Joyce Carol Oates was a quick read!
A female serial killer, the good twin and bad twin concept, and a long built up vengeance that is about to make Starr Bright strike again.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
After reading her most recent release (DIS MEME BER), I had to get some more of Joyce Carol Oates’ books. I came across STARR BRIGHT WILL BE WITH YOU SOON and it immediately piqued my interest. A female serial killer, the classic good twin vs bad twin, what’s not to like?
We follow Sharon. Sharon is beautiful but has an awful history with men. She moved out to Las Vegas and went by the name Starr Bright as an exotic dancer. One night, after she is caught trying to steal his wallet, the man she spent a night with mercilessly beats her and rapes her. Sharon finally snaps. She goes on a killing spree – leaving behind a bloody trail of carved-up men in cheap motel rooms from coast to coast. She works her way to her twin sister, Lily’s, house in upstate New York. The estranged sisters haven’t seen each other in 15 years, and Lily and her family are more than willing to help her troubled sister find a new start.
It was so interesting to read this book from the different perspectives. We go through Sharon’s eyes and Lily’s. The complete differences between the twins is so evident, especially when it comes to their mental state. Sharon is slowly spiraling out of control throughout the whole story while Lily’s chapters were very collected and coherent. It was so different knowing who the serial killer was right away, unlike all other thrillers, we didn’t have the investigation or trying to find the killer along with police. The reader knows right away.
I love the twist on the good twin and bad twin classic. Joyce Carol Oates did a phenomenal job making all of these situations so realistic. From the problems between the sisters, to the murders, and the tragic spiral of Sharon’s mental state. Starr Bright is about to strike again, and this time, a long harbored vengeance is the motive.
I would definitely recommend this to someone that wants a good, realistic serial killer story. However, be warned, if you don’t want to read the graphic rape portion, then this might not be for you.
A big thanks to Netgalley for the copy in exchange for my honest review!