This is the best novel I’ve read so far in 2014.
I dare you to read the first thirty pages and not be instantly hooked. It’s hard to believe that this is a debut novel—I haven’t been this impressed by a new author since The Lies of Locke Lamora.
Three Parts Dead pushes all the right buttons in a fairly short novel: an incredibly rich world, believable and complex motivations for all the characters, beautiful prose, protagonists who protag (instead of just reacting to the plot), and a plot which twists, turns, and intersects into a fascinating web. This isn’t some book where it only comes together at the end in a big “aha!” moment. Everything links up right from the start, and you are helplessly drawn in.
Also, just take a look at that gorgeous cover. How can you say no to a non-male, non-white protagonist?
Go read this brilliant and wonderful book. I’ll be singing its praise for a long time yet.