Book Review Of “Love Death In The Sunshine State” By Cutter Wood @AlgonquinBooks


Sometimes the facts aren’t the only truth.

When a stolen car is recovered on the Gulf Coast of Florida, it sets off a search for a missing woman, local motel owner Sabine Musil-Buehler. Three men are named persons of interest—her husband, her boyfriend, and the man who stole the car—and the residents of Anna Maria Island, with few facts to fuel their speculation, begin to fear the worst. Then, with the days passing quickly, her motel is set on fire, her boyfriend flees the county, and detectives begin digging on the beach.

Cutter Wood was a guest at Musil-Buehler’s motel as the search for the missing woman gained momentum, and he found himself drawn steadily deeper into the case. Driven by his own need to understand how a relationship could spin to pieces in such a fatal fashion, he began to meet with the eccentric inhabitants of Anna Maria Island, with the earnest but stymied detectives, and with the affable man soon presumed to be her murderer. But there is only so much that interviews and records can reveal; in trying to understand why we hurt those we love, this book, like Truman Capote’s classic In Cold Blood, tells a story that exists outside of documentary evidence. Wood carries the investigation beyond the facts of the case and into his own life, crafting a tale of misguided love, writerly naiveté, and the dark and often humorous conflicts at the heart of every relationship (From Goodreads)

Thank you to Algonguin Books #partner for sending me a free me a free copy to read and review.

I rate this book a 2.5 star out of 5.

The story is pretty addicting, I was absorbed into it within the first few pages.Wood’s has a very peculiar writing style, it felt like I was a part of his investigation into what happened to Sabine. I had an idea on what had happened to Sabine, and what the outcome was going to be. I wasn’t a fan of the inclusion of Cutter Wood and His girlfriend Erin, I felt it was misplaced, and really didn’t bring much to the story. I would have rather the focus been spent on The Husband, The Boyfriend, and The Man Found Driving Her Car. But you cannot win them all.

I was genuinely thrown off by this book, because the inclusion of the girlfriend Erin. I’m not sure if I liked that or not. I didn’t hate this book, but I wasn’t in love with it either. It was an interesting read and I am thankful for the opportunity to have read it.


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