the-savagesReviewed by Amanda Farmer

The Savages was the first book I have read by Mr. Whyman and it will not be the last. I have to say I devoured this book. I absolutely loved it.

We are introduced to the Savages and on the outside they appear to be your typical close knit family who love their food. The Savages include Titus (father), Angelica (mother), Sasha (teenage daughter), Ivan (not quite teenage son), Katya (not quite two), and Oleg (grandfather). Everything seems to be going well for them until Ivan has a prank go bad and kills an actress in their home, causing the family to cover up the death. Now, a private investigator is following Titus because of his ruthless corporate takeovers but what he uncovers is far more dangerous than he ever thought to find. Angelica has to rent out their house to pay for her credit card debt; and Sasha has decided to go vegetarian all due to her boyfriend, Jack. The only one who doesn’t have any drama is little Katya who’s favorite word happens to be “ribs”. Needless to say, the family is in for a long and bumpy road ahead of them.Titus is at odds with Sasha for her not partaking in meat anymore, but Sasha holds to her bargain with Jack and doesn’t eat meat for a month. What happens at the end of the month? Well, you will just have to read the book to find out. Luckily for Sasha that Oleg is supportive of her, and tells her that no matter what she eats, she is family and family sticks together. One thing that no one in the town knows about the Savages is that they are in fact cannibals, but they only eat a carefully chosen person and consume everything, leaving nothing to waste.

Overall the book was well written and flowed nicely. It will leave the reader wanting a second helping and feeling a little disturbed at the same time. I am looking forward to reading more about the Savages. I found this book to be a little preachy when it came to Jack and all of his talk about vegetarianism and vegan-ism but it fit with the story and how it ended. I highly recommend The Savages–you won’t be disappointed. The Savages are just a close family that loves each other and their food literally.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Amanda loves spending time at home with her husband and their dog, Oreo. She loves reading, playing puzzle games, beading and watching movies. When she’s not reading, she’s working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Overlook. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.