Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt did not start 2016 off right for me. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t like it. At first i thought it was me – I had a cold while reading it – and as I went on i realized the book and I just weren’t a good fit. Mr. Splitfoot is billed as American Gothic, and tells the story of foster kids turned con-men. There is also a strong thread of cultish behavior, which is what drew me in.
For me, it wasn’t so much the story I had a problem with, but the writing style. However, for some, I think it is the writing style that will appeal. I just felt like the story kept unraveling with no clear sense of where it was going. There was not a clear trajectory. I also felt at times like Hunt was thinking ‘Ooh, I’ve always wanted to put this in a novel’, and so, put it in.
I know I sound like I’m being harsh, but I’m just telling it like it is. I will also say, that the buzz I’ve been hearing on Twitter for Mr Splitfoot has been good. People like it. Just not me.
Who would like this book? A) It’s being billed as American Gothic, so if that appeals – go for it. B) If you like to dance with devil in the pale moon light. In highschool French class we always studied Quebecois tales involving the devil and Mr. Splitfoot reminded me of them. C) If you like a writing style that isn’t straight forward. Mr Splitfoot is also a bit of an American journey book – by foot instead of car.