Murder Becomes Electra review: Weird in a very good way
Angelica’s devotion to her father is the catalyst for the shocking pivotal moment
Patrick Skene Catling: Perfectly told tale
Murder Becomes Electra: A love Story
Patrick Skene Catling
Don’t let the subtitle of Catling’s entrancing and disturbing little story fool you. There’s a lot more to it than a love story, and even that is more complicated than you might suspect. The reference to Greek tragic character Elektra in the title hints at the central relationship of the story, but it doesn’t come close to warning the reader about the spectacular machinations that nine-year old Angelica (a modern Electra) is capable of. Her devotion to her father, Arnold, a writer of children’s books and hapless husband to Angelica’s loathed stepmother, is the driving force of her life. It is also the catalyst for the shocking pivotal moment, which will make you gasp. It’s the kind of story that you’ll want to tell your friends you loved – even though they might think you’re a bit weird. Catling has created a perfect storm of comedy, tragedy, pathos and TV reality show in a stunning tale, perfectly told.