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The Scamp ✅ The Scamp PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Jennifer Pashley – Mysterious chilling and told a breakneck pace The Scamp will thrill readers of Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone and Roxane Gay’s An Untamed StateRayelle Reed can’t escape in her small town wher Mysterious chilling and told a breakneck pace The Scamp will thrill readers of Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone and Roxane Gay’s An Untamed StateRayelle Reed can’t escape in her small town where everyone knows everything and not enough All the guys she slept with but not the ones she loved The baby she had out of wedlock with the pastor’s son and how the baby died but not the grief and guilt that consume her At a motel bar Rayelle meets Couper Gale a freelance detective on a mission to investigate a rash of missing girls and she tags along as an excuse to cross the state line But when Couper’s investigation leads them to the mystery surrounding Rayelle’s runaway cousin Khaki she finds she is heading straight back into everything she was hoping to leave behindAs fates become entwined Rayelle must follow a haunted and twisted path—leading her toward a collision where loyalties will be betrayed memories uncovered and family bonds shattered Unflinchingly dark and compelling The Scamp confronts head on the issues of family origins and the bonds between mothers daughters and sisters It delves deep into the cycle of abuse and poverty uestioning in the end the value of any one life child or adultIn Pashley’s hands the lost girls of rural and industrial America trapped in the unforgiving systems of government assistance and single parenthood are portrayed with depth and nuance She exposes the ingrained poverty and atmosphere of disillusionment that damns them before they have a chance and she gives them a ray of hope for a better life ahead.

10 thoughts on “The Scamp

  1. Catherine Catherine says:

    Great book I won this on Goodreads First Reads for freeand am I glad I did It's a page turnerI was a little confused at firstbut I stuck with it figured it out after a few chapters This would be a great beach reador pooldeckcouchbedit's just great Loved it

  2. Gretchen Gretchen says:

    Shit guys this book I don't understand why it's not a bestseller on par with Gone Girl except maybe because it doesn't have some variation of girl in the title and also does have a lot of ueerlesbian relationships? Whatever it's excellent and creepy and disturbing and suspenseful

  3. Maddie Maddie says:

    Jennifer Pashley is able to weave a fantastic thriller even while telling us from the beginning 'whodunnit' The reader follows a dual narration walking in the footsteps of both the pursuer and the pursued From Rayelle's perspective we explore the concepts of motherhood family and her evolving understandings of the self while traveling with an investigative journalist on a search for missing girls On the other side of the story we stand stock still in Khaki's world afraid to move a muscle while watching her systematically 'care' for lost women in need Pashley's skills as a writer truly thrive in Khaki's chapters She digs deep into the convoluted history and mind of this female serial killer creating a frightening mash up of horror and wonder at her actions Pashley finds ways to investigate womanhood in this poor Southern landscape by tracing the different forms a girl's relationships can take and how they can grow and shatter

  4. Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows) Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows) says:

    I was intrigued but got bored uickly I wasn't a fan of the style of writing and was easily confused Moving on

  5. Amanda Amanda says:

    There are two competing portrayals of small towns in media There are Norman Rockwell small towns where neighbors help each other in times of need and the worst thing that happens is that someone's dog dies after heroically protecting a child Then there are the small towns that would fit comfortably in an HBO series where behind every door is lurking something sinister or deviant where abuse of women children power is the norm This is the version of small town life that Pashley deftly paints in The Scamp Rayelle Reed is adrift and aimless in South Lake PA She lost her daughter her boyfriend and whatever remained of a good relationship with her mother Not that these are the only people she has lost Rayelle's past is full of loss biggest of whom looms over her is her cousin Khaki Normally the men she meets in bars aren't the type she sticks with but something about Couper Reed makes her hang around and she finds herself traveling the South in his passenger seat a Scamp trailer hitched to the back as he writes a book about a series of unsolved murders of young women Rayelle alternates narration with Khaki both victim and abuser who will challenge your empathy and defy your judgmentYou've been warned this book is dark and unrelenting The first few chapters alone made me nauseous but Pashley's writing is so addictive that I finished it despite knowing in my heart of hearts that I am not resilient enough to read this book It wrecked me This is ultimately a story of the repercussions of abuse and the dynamics of female relationships whether they be familial romantic or platonic I often found myself reminded of the first season of True Detective which also tried to address abuse against women and children but tried to through the lens and perspective of men In The Scamp the narrators are both women who don't fit the heteronormative default It is a story told by survivors It is fresh and appalling and darker than even TD was willing to goIt was the ending that disappointed me This book was never really about whodunnit We know pretty early on who the killer is The real mystery was always why? And what does Rayelle have to do with it? And while we get the answers I didn't feel like we were allowed to listen in as Rayelle processed them Her initial reactions sure but she spends the entire book reflecting on her past and we get no sense that she was able to work through the fallout I appreciate that other than Couper the men are the background characters We don't know what made Doe the way he was or much about Chuck other than that he was a decent Stepdad Rayelle's and Khaki's mothers despite being supporting characters are complex Each girl Khaki takes in has a fully formed backstory while the men she uses are little than footnotes yet somehow still richly rendered In a way this novel is the anti mystery In another writer's hands Couper would have been the narrator and Rayelle and Khaki the supporting cast I'm glad that Pashley chose to defy convention from beginning to end As a result The Scamp is a novel that feels completely different and not just a variation on a themeA heavy piece of work that will live you gutted read The Scamp if you have a hankering for something uniue and a strong stomach

  6. Melissa Melissa says:

    This was a very edgy and bleak book about two very damaged women told in alternating chapters one by 23 year old Rayelle whose baby died the previous year and the other by her cousin Khaki who left home 6 years earlier and now finds and helps women in troubleWhen a writer comes to town investigating a string of disappearances including one of a girl who was never seen again about the same time Khaki left Rayelle leaves with him and they travel to the many different towns that the girls were last seen in to gather information For the most part they stay in a scamp a pop up camper they trail behind them in Couper's carThis is no surprise it is disclosed at the beginning of the bookCouper and Rayelle unbeknownst to them are tracking Khaki who is a serial killer of girls and women who are damaged from abuse and are at their most vulnerableKhaki is uite explicit in her exploits and killings of them She has a history of horrific abuse herself and one can't help sympathizing with her own story; but her actions are truly chillingWhile Rayelle might have had a much better childhood the tragic death of her daughter leaves her guilt ridden and in a state of numb grief Rayelle and Couper are intimately involved almost from the beginning he is 30 years older than her We learn of Rayelle's promiscuity and alcohol abuse growing up and the depravity of living with her mom in their trailer home Rayelle clearly has her own issues And then there's her relationship with her cousin KhakiAs Couper and Rayelle get closer to finding Rayelle I felt the tension build and was very interested to see how it would play out but the ending really felt flat and I in turn was disappointed Still the book was well written and was at times suspenseful That being said it very disturbing and included incest abortion and detailed descriptions of how Khaki killed and disposed of her victims

  7. Andrea Andrea says:

    The narrator of this audiobook did one thing that never stopped bugging me the voice she used for the main male character was awful It sounded so fake and jarring that it left a lasting negative impression Other than that one voice the narration was fineThe book's content was interesting all kinds of incest family secrets serial murder and tragedies galore I like the way Jennifer Pashley writes some of her phrasing is exuisite she details ugliness in a truly beautiful way I am anxious to read of her work I just ordered a book of her short stories I thought the ending of THE SCAMP was a little weak I wanted resolution but I found the book satisfying overall

  8. Amanda Amanda says:

    In this provocative first novel about a female serial killer who rescues abused girls you can't help but feel a little sorry for the serial killer The dueling narratives are perfectly crafted to feel like the two characters are eually hot mess trainwrecks on a collision course towards each other This book is not for everyone some would say it is dirty and scandalous and nasty I would say it's raw and gritty and unapologetic Either way it's not one I could put down or stop thinking about

  9. Christie Christie says:

    The Scamp is riveting look at two cousins and the uest to find a serial killer Excellent intriguing female characters form this dark gritty and compelling storyline Pashley writes elegant beautiful sentences that reveal a fast paced satisfying mystery and crime story of murder love family and the myriad of ways people can hurt one another You'll find yourself speeding through this novel It will keep you up late have you crying in public while reading and end with you recommending it to everyone you know

  10. Nicole Dupras Nicole Dupras says:

    When I read the description of this book I thought I would love it as I love murder thrillers Gone Girl The Girl on the Train etc but I could not get into this book Reading this book made me uestion my reading comprehension skills I felt like I couldn't follow along with the story and couldn't relate to the characters at all From the other reviews it seems like many people enjoyed it but I couldn't get into it It was a struggle to finish and had a really lackluster ending

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