What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? by Henry Farrell

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Format read: Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction/Horror

Rating: 4 out of 10

Plot: Baby Jane Hudson was a rising Vaudeville star until a move to Hollywood thrust her sister Blanche into the spotlight.  As Blanche’s career was taking off, Baby Jane fell into the sidelines, until a tragic accident left Blanche crippled.  Baby Jane feels guilt about the accident and spends her life caring for Blanche, but her resentment of Blanche grows until she reacts violently against Blanche leading to a cascade that affects not only their lives, but the lives of those around them.

Opinion: Overall, I was pretty bored with this book.  I thought that the characters were stereotypical and that they spent more time debating what action they should take than actually doing something.  I thought there was a build-up to a big ending, but I felt like it fell through and the book kind of petered out to a predictable ending.  I know there’s a movie based on this book, and it’s supposed to add to the experience of reading this, but I haven’t seen it, so I was left with a disappointing ending to a disappointing book.

Next book: Signs of the Hour by Mufti A.H. Elias


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