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Somebody Else's Music Book Review Summary

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Elizabeth Toliver was hated by her fellow students while she was growing up. They thought that she was different and ugly, and they played cruel tricks on her. When she was eighteen, they locked her in an outhouse with twenty snakes, and she beat on the door to get out until her arms were raw and torn. While she was in the outhouse she heard someone saying the phrase "slit his throat" over and over again. When she was released, she found that another student had been murdered nearby - his throat was cut.

Now, thirty years later, Elizabeth Toliver is a well known author and TV celebrity, and she is living with a famous rock star. Elizabeth returns to the small town where she grew up to see about moving her mother to a nursing home. This is the first time that she has been back since she left, and her visit stirs up old memories and hatreds among the people who persecuted her so much while she was growning up. Her visit leads to a very gruesome murder, and she needs the help of retired FBI agent Gregor Demarkian to get to the root of the festering problems in her old home town.   
This report prepared by Linda Bertland








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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