|Plot Summary of Somebody Else's Music|
|"Elizabeth Toliver was hated by her fellow students while she was growing up. They thought that she was different and ugly, and they played cruel tricks on her. When she was eighteen, they locked her in an outhouse with twenty snakes, and she beat on the door to get out until her arms were raw and torn. While she was in the outhouse she heard someone saying the phrase "slit his throat" over and over again. When she was released, she found that another student had been murdered nearby - his throat was cut.
Now, thirty years later, Elizabeth Toliver is a well known author and TV celebrity, and she is living with a famous rock star. Elizabeth returns to the small town where she grew up to see about moving her mother to a nursing home. This is the first time that she has been back since she left, and her visit stirs up old memories and hatreds among the people who persecuted her so much while she was growning up. Her visit leads to a very gruesome murder, and she needs the help of retired FBI agent Gregor Demarkian to get to the root of the festering problems in her old home town. "
Linda Bertland, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Somebody Else's Music|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- skilled citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
How much violence does he/she use?
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- average physique
Small town people:
- sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How many deaths?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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