Bechdel Test: FAIL
Deggan's Rule: FAIL
Gay Bechdel Test: FAIL
A novella that reads very, very quickly. I suppose it has too many chapters to be a short story though. This book was cute, but so totally implausible I couldn't get behind the protagonist. At the beginning of the book, he's a serial killer who also has Asperger's, though he's highly functional. Then he finds a hurt puppy, nurses him back to health and in the process learns empathy, develops relationships with people and loses interest in finding and killing young women.
Yeeaaah, riiiiiiight. This whole premise flies in the face of decades of research into psychopathology without any reasoning - as a reader, I'm expected to believe in magical healing puppy powers but no logical basis for why the protagonist changed is ever given. It didn't make sense. The ending was disappointing, too, it was too obvious what was going to happen and when the inevitable finally played out I wasn't sure if I was more relieved I was finished or if I was disappointed in how poorly it played out.
The book is written in first person, so it has lots of short words and small sentences, which makes the protagonist sound more learning disabled than mildly autistic, but the evidence provided in the story makes it highly unlikely he's got any kind of learning disability. Again, more implausibility I couldn't get behind. The kindle edition does not have any typos or grammatical errors that I noticed. It's a very easy and quick read; if you like puppies or contemporary serial killer shorts it might be worth a few minutes if it goes on sale.
Please note: I don't review to provide synopses, I review to share a purely visceral reaction to books and perhaps answer some of the questions I ask when I'm contemplating investing time and money into a book.