Here is a horror offering for those interested in weirdness that can go over the top and the intrigue of hidden worlds beneath our own.
At it's core, this is a story of a father searching for his daughter and discovering a truth about his past that he's kept repressed.
For me, the narrative didn't keep me fully involved the way I expect a great story to. I found myself wandering off, thinking about other things; I wasn't invested in Jayce's narration and I found him to be a bit unrealistic.
For example, at the very beginning of the book, he is confronted with a strange and dangerous situation that should have been (1) downright terrifying and (2) extremely confusing to someone (like Jayce) who didn't have any knowledge of this other world. Instead, he brushes it off fairly easily. Later on, he accepts what is going on with almost no questioning.
Personally, I found it difficult to suspend disbelief about what was going on and I thought Jayce should have struggled with it more. It could have just been my mindset while reading, but the book never really picked up speed for me.
I don't tend to be too squeamish, but I found the strange sex scenes a bit off-putting. Jayce's sudden romance with one of the other characters struck me as so unlikely I found it almost absurd, and it seemed like it was only in the story for their weird amorous encounter that occurs at a really unfortunate and unpropitious time. I just want relationships in books to serve a purpose, not to be there just for a sex scene.
I think there is a certain type of horror reader that will really enjoy this book. Personally, I want something that I connect with more, characters that feel real, worlds that I can almost touch, not just weirdness and grossness. While this was a quick read, it just didn't check all the horror boxes for me.
My thanks to Flame Tree Press for sending me an advance copy of this book.
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