Sarah Pinborough
Mayhem Cover



I enjoyed Pinborough's fairy tale retellings and while this looked quite different, I was hoping I would still enjoy it as much as I did those. After reading Mayhem, I do think it is well written and it I believe it has a good audience out there, but unfortunately when it came down to it, I don't think I am a part of that audience. There is some grim humor in this, which I quite appreciated, but it just wasn't enough to hold me.

I want to be completely fair and honest here. I listened to the audiobook and I don't think that helped matters. The narrator was good, but I found the format to be confusing while listening. The timeline for this book jumps around, the dates given at the beginning of each chapter. I found myself having a hard time keeping track of whose perspective we were getting at times, and definitely where the current section fit in the overall chronology of events. There is a good chance I may have enjoyed this particular book better if I had read it instead of listened to it.

I think if you enjoy crime novels and maybe also find the time period of interest, then it may be worth checking out. While I am certain other people may have an easier time (less complaints) with the audiobook format than I, I would still lean towards recommending reading the book rather than listening.