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Review: Season to Taste

August 26, 2014

Season to Taste

Lizzie Prain decides she can’t take living with her husband any longer so she kills him.  She doesn’t want to go to jail and decides she must dispose of the body, but how?  It comes to her that she should cook him and eat him – after all, she is a great cook.  Lizzie goes about it methodically.

In the meantime, Lizzie meets a new man.  Will he discover what she’s up to?

I went into Season to Taste, by Natalie Young, with high hopes.  I knew it was about a dark and disturbing subject but I thought it would be more metaphorical.  Instead, some of the scenes are pretty graphic and stomach turning – they certainly took away my appetite.

I struggled with understanding Lizzie’s motivation for killing her husband so I never really related to her.   I also found the pacing of Season to Taste to be on the slow side.  In the end, the book was just okay for me.  If you have a strong stomach and enjoy macabre tales, you might like this more than I did.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
34 Comments leave one →
  1. August 26, 2014 4:06 am

    Sorry you didn’t like it much! I saw this when you posted about it for Mailbox Monday and picked it as one of my Books That Caught My Eye. Even though you were disappointed with it, I still think I’ll get a copy. It just sounds so weird and different, and I loved different.

  2. August 26, 2014 5:20 am

    Macabre did appeal to me although I wouldn’t say I’m nuts about this genre. I’m sorry you didn’t quite like the book, though.

  3. August 26, 2014 7:13 am

    Initially by the title I thought this was a foodie novel…LOL YIKES!

  4. bookingmama permalink
    August 26, 2014 7:19 am

    Wow — that sounds like an interesting book. Probably not for me either.

  5. August 26, 2014 7:29 am

    Oh wow, it does sound macabre. I wonder….

  6. August 26, 2014 8:21 am

    Probably not for me…

  7. August 26, 2014 9:04 am

    Oh, this is not one for me.

  8. talesofwhimsy permalink
    August 26, 2014 9:06 am

    Oh my gooodness. I couldn’t. But wow. Interesting concept..

  9. August 26, 2014 9:34 am

    Blech… I don’t think I could get through this one!

  10. August 26, 2014 9:42 am

    I was reading about this book in Book News, and decided it probably might be too much for me. Glad I passed on it.

  11. Patty permalink
    August 26, 2014 10:29 am

    Probably not for me…you were very brave to read it! Lol…

  12. August 26, 2014 11:44 am

    I thought this book would be really cute, but after reading your review, I’ll pass.

  13. August 26, 2014 12:20 pm

    My stomach was churning as I was reading your review! Nope, not for me.

  14. August 26, 2014 12:50 pm

    The first sentence of your review is rather funny, but after the reading the rest of it, like Vasilly said, forget it! :–) (I’d rather have chocolate) Oh, p.s. and totally unrelated – we got some hard cider to try and really like it!

  15. August 26, 2014 1:12 pm

    Ugh. I don’t think I could ever read that!

  16. August 26, 2014 2:52 pm

    I can only hope this book is meant to be humorous!

  17. August 26, 2014 3:32 pm

    Thanks for an interesting account of this book. 🙂

    I think I will pass on it.

  18. August 26, 2014 3:35 pm

    Ewww….not for me! LOL

  19. August 26, 2014 3:44 pm

    Ok euwww, and maybe not for me

  20. August 26, 2014 3:45 pm

    Ick. I think it would turn my stomach too.

  21. August 26, 2014 9:08 pm

    There’s no way I could handle this! Good for you for giving it a chance.

  22. August 26, 2014 11:41 pm

    Like this book, one of my favorites, The Stranger by Albert Camus, has an MC that kills and is very logical about his decision. Thankfully, it doesn’t have any too-graphic scenes. I don’t think I could handle that!

  23. August 27, 2014 10:50 am

    This sounds like a book that is the opposite of your normal reading. I cannot imagine how this subject could be seasoned so readers don’t lose their appetite! Eek

  24. August 27, 2014 10:46 pm

    ok that’s just gross! 1- why kill your husband? 2- why in the world would you want to cook him and then eat him; and 3- and to top it all off, get involved with ANOTHER man! I’m thinking I shall pass on this one. . .it’s too far out for my sensitive tummy 😉

  25. August 28, 2014 1:01 pm

    For a moment, I thought this was going to be about the memoir of the same title, about a soon-to-be chef who lost her sense of smell in a car accident a week before her courses started at Le Cordon Bleu in France. But this is a completely different book. I think I’m glad I read the memoir instead. =)

  26. Beth F permalink
    August 29, 2014 7:37 am

    Ok, am taking this one off my list. Ok if I link this one up to Weekend Cooking tomorrow. It is kind of food related. 😀

  27. Teddyree permalink
    August 30, 2014 9:43 am

    Ok I think I’ll pass on this one, food related in a bizarre-lose-your-lunch kind of way haha 😉

  28. jmcguin7 permalink
    August 30, 2014 10:44 am

    I’m passing on this as well!

  29. August 30, 2014 3:33 pm

    Oh no, not for me either!

  30. August 30, 2014 4:01 pm

    Clicking through from Beth Fish Reads, I thought you were reviewing the memoir by the chef who temporarily lost her sense of smell, too. I don’t think I could stomach this one, even if it’s meant to be humorous, but reading the publisher’s description of it, though, I was kind of intrigued. I’m laughing, just thinking of you linking up this post to Weekend Cooking! 😉

  31. August 31, 2014 12:12 am

    I think I’ll pass on this one. I can handle macabre if done with a sense of humor but this doesn’t sound like that’s the case with this one. Add in the fact that you found it slow and I think I’ll avoid this one.

  32. September 2, 2014 3:26 am

    Have to admit, that I’m intrigued enough about this that I would probably give it a go. One I’d probably check out from the library though rather than buying it, just in case.

  33. Jennifer permalink
    September 6, 2014 3:25 pm

    When I saw the cover and title for this one, I wasn’t expecting the plot description that you provided! I’m not sure if this is something I’d enjoy. I’m not usually all that intrigued by the macabre.

  34. September 12, 2014 12:58 pm

    This is not at all what I thought it was about! Pass!

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