Sing Her Down by Ivy Pochoda
5/23/23; 288 pages
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Sing Her Down by Ivy Pochoda is a recommended gritty, violent, dark, feminist Western thriller.
Set during the pandemic, Florence "Florida" Baum and Diosmary "Dios" Sandoval are both inmates at Arizona women's prison. Dios thinks the two are bound by what they are capable of doing. Florida wants nothing to do with Dios. They both receive an early release. When the two go on the run from their two week quarantine, another murder occurs. LAPD officer Lobos is on their trail.
The narrative is divided into two parts and chapters alternate between the point-of-view of Dios, Florida, Kase, another prisoner, and Lobos. Dios is fixated on Florida and wants her to admit that darkness lives in women too. As the two are on the run, they make a plethora of bad choices.
There are sentences and observations included in Sing Her Down
that make you want to yell, "Yes! That!" and then there are the
over-the-top actions, reactions, violence, and swearing in the novel. I
felt myself wildly swinging between loving the writing to cringing over
excessive language and violence. These are interesting characters who
always seem to be in dramatic situations and in conflict with each
other. I appreciate the quality of the writing, but I'm not sure about
the characters and the plot. This could be a novel I need to return to
in the future.