Reading a Laird Hunt novel is always an immersive experience. His writing is something that latches on and doesn't let go easily, so if you're sitting down with one of his books, you might just consider your afternoon and evening booked.
Though I think there is definitely a clear narrative to this story, I feel that this book is more about the journey, reading through the main character's experiences and fully coating yourself with the strange and unsettling rhythm and mystery of the words.
There are elements of fairy tale and magical realism in this fiercely lyrical fever dream of a tale; it is the historical reality of strait-laced Puritan New England coming up against the dark and tangled lore of witches and the woods. And it is a darkly empowering delicious journey.
Also, I can't write a review of this one without commenting on the amazing cover art—one of my favorites of the year—and the interior design too. A book can be a piece of art on multiple levels, and this one is definitely a masterpiece.
My thanks to Little Brown for sending me a finished copy to read and review.
Associate editor, amateur photdographer, bibliophile, and occasional sleuth.