Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
You can’t get much different from the author’s last bestseller Room. Jenny Bonnet is a cross-dressing, hell raising, straight talking, frog catcher in San Francisco. One day she runs into Blanche Beunon, highly desired burlesque dancer, with her high wheeler. The two women strike an almost instantaneous friendship, much to the surprise of Blanche. After meeting Jenny, Blanche’s life is turned upside down. She takes her young son out of care, quits her job and leaves her man; each decision coming with consequences not immediately apparent. The friends are only together for a few short weeks when disaster strikes. Jenny is shot and killed while sharing a hotel room with Blanche outside the city. Who killed Jenny? Did they mean to kill Blanche? Why?
While the main storyline revolves around solving Jenny’s murder the pasts of both characters play a large role in the narrative. If you are not a fan of stories that jump back and forth in time, you may not like this book. There is a lot of past, far past and present scenes that go back and forth at a fast pace. It is a wonderful way to tell the story, but at times it is a little confusing.
I really enjoyed this book on audio, the accents are clear and the songs are actually sung by the reader. I have to admit I’m not sure how much I would have liked the book if I read it. The storytelling added a lot of color and depth to the story that I’m not sure the words alone would have conveyed.