The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone – A NetGalley reviewed book

‘The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss’ by Max Wirestone
‘The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss’ is one of the maddest, funniest and most addictive books that I have read in a while. 
From the very beginning I was hooked on the character of Dahlia, I wanted, or maybe needed her to be real and to be her friend. Her character was likeable and kooky which in normal circumstances would mean she was odd and annoying, but in this book Wirestone manages to create a character that is relatable, yet quirky enough to be different. 
The situation is set up pretty quickly. She is hired as a detective to find the missing Bejeweled Spear of Infinite Piercing. This in itself is more bizarre than the obvious name of the object (and the fact that it lives in the online gaming world of Zoth), as Dahlia is having trouble getting a job. In normal circumstances I would probably have felt really sorry for her, but Wirestone doesn’t set her up in this way. She becomes a gutsy heroine very quickly, and with so many potential love interests it is refreshing that the book doesn’t take us down this route.
Every sentence is well crafted, clever and left me wanting to read on. The thief, and dare I say, murderer was a mystery to me from start to end which made the ending every bit as enjoyable as the rest of the novel. My only complaint about the book is that I can’t find out what happens to Dahlia next!


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