Review: All Good Deeds, Lucy Kendall Book 1

By Stacy Green

Available on: Amazon, Audible, and Barnes and Noble.

Overview:

Blurb: Lucy Kendall has merrily skipped over the “thou shall not kill” commandment and taken her form of justice farther than Batman ever does. Using a hacker, a chemist, some cyanide, and really good timing, she’s taken to “taking out the trash”. She only murders people who deserve it, in her book; pedophiles and rapists that were freed by a flawed system. Lucy is about to up her body count to four when Chris Hale sits down next to her in a bar and asks her if he can kill along with her. Things only get worse from there and now Lucy has found herself trapped in a world where old grudges, loyalty, and luck will be tested to their breaking point.

Trigger Warnings:

Blood, Bullying, Child Abuse, Child Prostitution, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Drug Use (Prescription), Emotional Abuse, Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Infidelity, Mental Abuse, Mental Illness, Murder, Non-Consensual Sex, Non-Consensual Touching, Off Screen Sex, Physical Abuse, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Self-Injury, Sexism, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, Slavery, Suicidal Thoughts, Toxic Masculinity, Unsafe Lifestyle, Unsafe Sex, Violence, Violent Imagery,

Body Count: 7

The Specs:

  • Series 
    • Series Name: The Lucy Kendall Series
    • Book Number: 1 of 4
  • Genre
    • Technical Genre: Vigilante Justice, Kidnapping Crime Fiction, Suspense
    • Theo Genre: Vigilante Justice, Feminist Fiction, Crime Fiction
  • Page count: 310 paperback; 2,782 KB file size for ebook
  • POV: Limited 3rd
  • Publication information:
    • Paperback page count: 310 pages
    • Publisher: Twisted Minds Press
    • Language:  English
    • ISBN-13: 9781500953164
    • ASIN: B00MUZMDYY

Other Fun Stuff:

To Read or Not To Read (Again):

Donated. Good book, would not read again.

Rating out of five: 3.5 out of 5

Representation, Morality, and Sexism Tests:

  • Bechdel–Wallace Test
    • Purpose: to establish actual female characters that act independently of male characters in a story.
      • Do two female characters talk about something other than a male character? Yes
    • Pass or Fail: Pass
  • DuVernay Test:
    • Purpose: to establish characters of color in a story.
      • Are there fully actualized characters of color? Unknown
    • Pass or Fail: Fail
  • Ellen Willis Test:
    • Purpose: to show balance in characters regardless of gender.
      • Would two related characters still work to carry the story if their genders were reversed? Yes
    • Pass or Fail: Pass
  • Hays Code Test:
    • Purpose: to ignore outdated and queer-degrading/punishing standards that once were the standard for produced mass media.
    • Part One: outdated moral guidelines
      • Are there any outdated “moral content” rules gloriously kicked in the teeth by this story? No
      • Are there people of color allowed a happy ending? No
      • Is there an interracial couple? There isn’t a couple at all, actually.
      • Is there profanity used at all? Yes
      • Is there one or more homicidal acts and/or murder? Yes
    • Part Two: queer representation
      • Are there queer characters that get a happy ending? No
      • Is there an illegal or otherwise distasteful age gap between characters, queer or otherwise? No
      • Do the queer characters die tragically, violently, or at all? No queer characters represented.
    • Pass or Fail: Half-pass, because murder.
  • Mako Mori Test:
    • Purpose: to assure that in the story there is at least one female character independent of a male character’s story.
      • Is there a female character? Yes
      • Does she get her own arc? Yes
      • Does it do anything other than serve to support a man’s story? Yes
    • Pass or Fail: Pass
  • Sexy Lamp Test:
    • Purpose: to assure that a female character in the story serves as an active protagonist, not just a device to be used by the male main character.
      • Would the plot fall apart if the female character was replaced by a sexy looking lamp? Absolutely
    • Post-It Note Caveat:
      • Would the character be able to be replaced by a Sexy Lamp with a sticky note on it for information conveyance? Not at all
    • Pass or Fail: Pass
  • Tauriel Test:
    • Purpose: to help support the existence of competent, independent female characters regardless of a romantic sub-plot.
      • Is there at least one woman in the story? Yes
      • Is this woman competent in her chosen occupation and not immediately shown up by a newcomer male character? Yes
      • If she has or develops a love interest during the story, either implied or explicitly stated, does she suddenly abandon her job and/or chosen path to support or pursue said love interest?  Not at all!
    • Pass or Fail: Pass
  • Vito Russo Test:
    • Purpose: to establish more characters that are on the SAGA (Sexuality And Gender Acceptance), QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) or LGBTQIAP+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual/Biromantic/Bigender, Transgender, Queer/Genderqueer, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic/Agender, Pansexual/Panromantic, and others not listed here) spectrum.
      • Is there a character on the queer spectrum? No
      • Are they a character beyond their orientation? Not applicable.
      • Do they actually affect the plot? Not applicable.
      • Is the character something beyond a punchline? Not applicable.
    • Pass or Fail: Fail.

Overall review:

Thoughts:

I’m not certain I will read the rest of the series. While this was an amazing kickoff to what I’m sure is a stunning series, the amount of evil and terrible humans that are paraded across the stage in this is something I have a little too much familiarity to happily engage in while trying to escape in fiction.

The characters are frighteningly realistic in their emotions and their reactions to things. There are a lot of dark paths walked here. The whole “taking out the trash” mentality that Lucy has, as well as the widening gap between her and her hesitation to kill people, is more than slightly toxic. But again, it is written in a way that I find myself rooting for her and worrying for her sanity.

I would not read this book again, but I recommend it to those that like darker fiction.

Was it engaging?

Yes

Favorite Character:

The agoraphobic hacker, Kelly

Review format updated 5 March 2019

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