Review: Dear Thief

September 29, 2014 Whitney Review 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Dear ThiefDear Thief by Samantha Harvey
Published by Atavist Books on September 25, 2014
Genres: General Fiction
Source: Publisher

"You were going to work your way into my marriage and you were going to call its new three-way shape holy," writes the unnamed narrator of Dear Thief.

The thief is Nina, or Butterfly, who disappeared eighteen years earlier and who is being summoned by this letter, this bomb, these recollections, revisions, accusations, and confessions.

“Sometimes I imagine, out of sheer playfulness, that I am writing this as a kind of defence for having murdered and buried you under the patio.”

Dear Thief is a letter to an old friend, a song, a jewel, and a continuously surprising triangular love story. Samantha Harvey writes with a dazzling blend of fury and beauty about the need for human connection and the brutal vulnerability that need exposes.

“While I write my spare hand might be doing anything for all you know; it might be driving a pin into your voodoo stomach.”

Here is a rare novel that traverses the human heart in original and indelible ways.

Fond of:

  • Liked that it was told anonymously
  • Enjoyed reading the growth of our storyteller and that life goes on even after someone leaves us.
  • Lyrical, beautiful writing
  • Original letter format — a lost art.


Not fond of:

  • Dear Thief felt a little disjointed.
  • it had an interesting plot but did have to go back to refresh my memory.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I thought it was a decent read with beautiful writing.  Dear Thief did not always hold my full attention but  it had a fascinating concept nonetheless.



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