Book Review: The Marauders by Tom Cooper

When I began reading The Marauders by Tom Cooper, I was interested but not totally intrigued. The characters seemed interesting and well tho...

When I began reading The Marauders by Tom Cooper, I was interested but not totally intrigued. The characters seemed interesting and well thought-out. The chapters were broken down by character, which took only a short amount of time to get used to. Within only a few chapters, I was hooked- so much so that I was able to read the book in less than two weeks, all while keeping up with my usual busy schedule. Once I got about halfway through the book, I literally could not put it down, because I truly couldn't wait to see what happened next!


The Marauders is a dark comedy/crime novel set in the swampy Barataria area of Louisiana and follows several different characters: The Toup Twins, criminals growing insane amounts of weed in the swamps of Louisiana; Wes Trench, a teenager whose mother was killed in Katrina and now has a strained relationship with his father; Lindquist, a one-armed, lonely man whose favorite hobby is hunting for long lost pirate treasure; Hanson and Cosgrove, two men who meet during community service and form a bond; and Bradley Grimes, a man sent from BP to force locals to accept settlements for the oil spill damage. 

Throughout the story, I felt that I was given an in-depth look at life for those who had their livelihoods destroyed by the BP oil spill. The story was riveting and intriguing and each character was so well developed.

I was surprised by the twists and turns the end took, but felt myself wanting more information about several of the characters. I felt only one of the main characters had an ending that was well wrapped up, but was still left hanging with a couple of the other characters- their endings left open to interpretation.

Overall, I was so very much pleased with this novel, and let's face it, I'm usually a rom-com kind of a girl. I recommend this to anyone who loves an intriguing read.

For more information on this book and Tom Cooper, click here.




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I received this book free for review from Blogging for Books.

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  1. I just finished the book this morning. As you said, I was addicted halfway through when situations started to get rocky! All the characters the book follows all have goals, all willing to go through great lengths to achieve them. Fantastic character development (mostly Wes I felt), I'll find myself soon using this as a gold standard for character development in other novels. I wish this book was longer, uggg!

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