From the author of the delightfully (or debilitatingly, take your pick) disconcerting mindscrew of a book I'm Thinking of Ending Things comes a new brain puzzle.
My recommendation on this book would be to go in knowing as little as possible. Even the jacket synopsis is too much of the story, though they try to be coy about it. So, no summary from me, though I usually do little in the way of that anyway.
Reid's roundabout way of setting up the story creates an unsettling vibe within the reader right away. You just know there is more to the story than you are getting from the narrator—either there is more than they know or more than they are willing to tell you. Pieces don't quite line up and you become the detective, trying to grab ahold of any detail, any jagged edge that isn't quite right so you can puzzle out the story behind the one that is being told.
It is a unique way to read and one that holds my attention.
The short chapters are also propulsive, keeping you reading, wanting to know what's coming next. Though it's 272 pages, I read the whole thing in one day—it really demands to be read.
Whether you figure out what's going on or not, the tension is still there. I put together the clues and had it pretty well figured out, but that didn't mean I knew where everything was going to end up. It almost made it more tense knowing (or being allllmost sure—because there's always that last little doubt even when you think you know!) because each scene seemed to stack the deck a different way.
This book is a quiet, intense, psychological puzzle of a book. Fan of Reid's first book will definitely be thrilled by this one, but I think Foe is also perhaps a bit more accessible than his debut, so hopefully new fans will flock to it too.
My thanks to Gallery Books/Scout Press for sending the Night Worms advance copies of this one to read and review.
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