Staff Review — Cat Out of Hell

CatoutofHellCat Out Of Hell

Lynne Truss

Melville House

Available now

Who knows what really goes on in the minds of cats? Or librarians? Maybe things really are as they appear, but maybe not. What if cats had superpowers that they have been losing for hundreds of years, and they blamed us for the loss? How far would they go to get their powers back?

Reality exists for most of us as what we see, but perhaps — beneath the surface– there is more than meets the eye. We blithely go about our lives, oblivious to the dark forces that exist in the lives and minds of — cats. At least some of them.

In Cat Out Of Hell, well, the cat’s out of the bag. There’s murder, and devil worship, and secret manuscripts, and corrupt librarians. And cats.

Lynne Truss writes with a light tone that belies the death and destruction caused by felines. Reading Cat Out Of Hell was like being immersed in a Sherlock Holmes mystery with overtones of Jeremy Bushnell’s The Weirdness, and a disturbing little book called The Improbable Cat, by Allan Ahlberg. I enjoyed it immensely.

~ Lysbeth Abrams

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