I'm a fan of this type of book, and loved all the previous books I've read by the author, but this one just... goes nowhere. It falls flat, unresolved, and thus sort of pointless.
It was awful one of the worse books I’ve read ever don’t waist your money or time on this.And terrible narration.
Great initial concept, painfully tedious pacing, and poor development. Over 250 pages of this 340 page novel is people having the same recurring argument. Yes, 2/3 of this is just tiresome debate. My guess, Tremblay probably originally presented this to the publisher as a novella, and it was probably good. BUT they wouldn’t publish it unless he added another 30,000 words and made it a novel. So he padded it out with meaningless debate. Had I not been obligated to finish it for my book club, I would have abandoned it and used it’s pages to line the bottom of my parakeet’s cage.
The narrator was equally bad. When she does the voice of a male character it sounds like that voice a teenager makes when imitating something someone they hate said said, with that deep, dopey voice. I stopped listening an hour into it because I couldn’t stand it, and bought the paperback.
Love the book for 3/4 of the way through it. Then it got slow and fell flat at the end. So disappointed.
Brilliantly written, unnervingly tense, and psychological. I love it.
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