Friday, July 12, 2019

Seven unlikable women characters

Kristen Lepionka is the Shamus Award-winning and Anthony and Macavity Award-nominated author of The Last Place You Look and What You Want to See. Her newest Roxane Weary mystery is The Stories You Tell. She grew up mostly in her local public library, where she could be found with a big stack of adult mysteries before she was out of middle school. Lepionka is a co-founder of the feminist podcast Unlikeable Female Characters, and she lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her partner and two cats.

One of Lepionka's seven favorite unlikable female characters, as shared at CrimeReads:

They All Fall Down (Rachel Howzell Hall)

This thriller is a smart, modern update to a locked-room mystery like And Then There Were None, and it’s chock full of deliciously unlikeable characters who all converge on a remote island for different reasons. I interviewed Rachel back in March, and we talked about how women of color, in particular, are forced to confront expectations of “being nice” all the time.
Learn about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: They All Fall Down.

--Marshal Zeringue