Sunday 2 February 2014

You may know, from reading some of my New Year's posts, that one of my resolutions is to read more. So I began the year with Richard Milward's Kimberly's Capital Punishment. WARNING: this review may contain some spoilers.

If you hate weird books you probably shouldn't invest your time in Kimberly's Capital Punishment. I'd never heard of Richard Milward, or even this book, before until I stumbled upon a book haul from Carrie Hope Fletcher (she's amazing - subscribe to her YouTube videos) featuring this book. The way she described it made me desperate to read it so I instantly wrote it down on my Christmas list.

Milward's novel follows Kimberly Clark after her boyfriend has just died. She was bored of their relationship so tried being mean to him so that he'd dump her. Her plan backfired and he ended up killing himself. To make herself feel less guilty, Kimberly embarks on an altruistic lifestyle, doing well by others even if it means she endangers herself. She begins working in a restaurant and dates 7 different men every week, leading to hilarious/awkward/painful consequences.

The book opens with Kimberly finding her boyfriend's eyeball in the bushes so you can just imagine how the rest of the story well go. Milward has thrown out the rule book with this one, and has chosen to follow his own rules regarding the structure and plot. A sexually abusive seal?! A drunk grim reaper?! A invitation to the reader to roll a dice to decide Kimberly's fate?! You read right! After being involved in a car accident the reader is invited to throw a dice to determine what happens to the central character. I rolled a 3 so Kimberly turned into a ghost for the rest of the book. Other outcomes include Kimberly being resurrected or going to heaven.

It's one of those books that I probably shouldn't like but I actually really enjoyed it! I rated it 4 out of 5 on Goodreads because I loved the quick pacing and it managed to keep me on my toes throughout.

Have you read KCP? Let me know in the comments!

love, Cally


  1. This sounds right up my alley! I've always loved odd reads (talking tapworms in Filth anyone?), will definitely check this one out!

    Hmm maybe...

    1. I definitely recommend it! If you like your books a little bit weird then you'll love this :) x

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