Real Easy, Marie Rutkoski

This review is a little late from release day because, when I received the ARC, the original release day was February 15th. It released early, so I’m a little late. But I think this yall will enjoy this book so let’s get to it.

Cycling through many perspectives, Real Easy is a mystery/thriller that walks us through the disappearance and deaths of women working at a strip club. The story is pieced together through these perspectives, giving us a bit of their lives both through their jobs and personal lives. With a killer on the loose, and two girls missing, the women have a right to be nervous. They don’t know if they might be next. Told in a sometimes gruesome fashion, Rutkoski unwinds the mystery through creative storytelling.

I am a fan of alternating perspectives; it’s a smart way to tell a story. With Real Easy, sometimes there were a bit too many perspectives. I read in another review that they counted 14, and that feels right. Sometimes, it made it hard to keep track of whom we were following with that many voices. That evened out the more you read, and we got more into the grittier part of the story. I appreciated that the women were flawed and real. Georgia’s loneliness leaped off the page. There was a lot of unraveling that kept the reader engaged. I enjoyed this one. Thank you, Henry Holt and Co., for sending this along!

Real Easy is available on Amazon, Bookshop, and B&N.

About the Book:
It’s 1999 and Samantha has danced for years at the Lovely Lady strip club. She’s not used to mixing work and friendship—after all, between her jealous boyfriend and his young daughter, she has enough on her plate. But the newest dancer is so clueless that Samantha feels compelled to help her learn the hustle and drama of the club: how to sweet-talk the boss, fit in with the other women, and make good money. One night, when the new girl needs a ride home, Samantha agrees to drive: a simple decision that turns deadly.

Georgia, another dancer drawn into the ensuing murder and missing person investigation, gathers information for Holly, a grieving detective determined to solve the case. Georgia just wants to help, but her involvement makes her a target. As Holly and Georgia round up their suspects, the story’s point of view shifts between dancers, detectives, children, club patrons—and the killer.

Drawing on her experience as a former dancer, Marie Rutkoski immerses us in the captivating world of the club, which comes alive with complicated people trying their best to protect themselves and those they love. Character-driven and masterfully plotted, Real Easy gets to the heart of the timeless question: How do women live their lives knowing that men can hurt them?

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