Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: Adult Horror
Year Release: 2014
Source: Library Audiobook
|Listened to the audiobook
A short, psychologically twisty novel about a mother at death’s door talking to a child which may or may not be hers.
I really enjoyed the atmosphere. It takes place in the country, and the lengths the descriptions go on to depict it as a respite from the city crank the unsettling. The fact that it is told entirely in dialogue with none of the tenses matching in a cause-and-effect way increases the dread. Many different types of fear are tackled in this one, especially around parenthood and acceptance, but also of mortality and the things not done yet.
The pacing and tensions are also superb, which makes this book really live up to its title.
I was looking forward to this book but I ended up thinking it was just OK. I liked the build-up but I didn’t think there was a satisfactory payoff.
Yeah, this was definitely one where the journey felt more like it mattered than the destination.
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