Miss Don’t Touch Me by Hubert
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication Date: October 1st, 2014
Publisher: NBM Publishing
Recommended Age: 16+
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Revenge, Crime, Mystery, Sex
Combining both volumes of the bestselling series, these two tales take place in 1930s Paris. In the first story, the Butcher of the Dances” is on the prowl for young, loose women, and local dominatrix Agatha suddenly turns up dead. Everyone assumes it was suicide, but her sister Blanche is convinced that the Butcher is responsible. She decides to take matters into her own hands, and in her pursuit, she ends up hired into a luxury house of call-girls. She soon becomes adept at certain practices, but she does not lose sight of her ultimate goalto find her sister’s killer. In the second volume, Blanche works to sort out her dissolute mother’s life while falling in love with a secretly gay client. Suspenseful and spicy, these narratives feature visual details both beautiful and hideous, with descriptions and dialogue that are deceptive in their realism.
Why what a graphic novel! I’ve never read something quite like it. Perhaps in novel format, but nothing comes to mind right now.
What a convoluted story. There is a serial killer loose in Paris. Agatha, Blanche’s sister, is murdered. Now Blanche is determined to uncover the killer’s identity. To do so, she infiltrates a brothel as the new “Miss Don’t Touch Me”.
It’s extraordinary how this graphic novel simultaneously entertained and shocked me. Everything is very vivid and little is left to the viewer’s own imagination, including brothel scenes, if you know what I mean.
And gory, gory scenes of murders.
Blanche undergoes a sudden character development after the death of her sister, who was her everything. The person she cherished most. She becomes furious, revengeful, terrifyingly cunning… And yet, the reader can’t help but emphasize with her situation and want her to find the murderers… And cut their heads!
Alright, let’s calm down over there. Blanche definitely has a dark side and is someone you’ll want on your own side, because she’s extremely good to her friends, but extremely bad to her enemies.
I found the first half of the story incredibly developed and interesting. But after light was shed on the mystery/crime, the story switched atmospheres suddenly. New characters were introduced… New miseries crawled into the storyline. And what a deceptive, and frankly, disgusting ending. Had no idea Blanche could say such a thing. Maybe I didn’t know her at all. I wish Blanche had never met that boy at all.
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