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I think the best kind of horror stories build. You get to uncover some mystery in bites and pieces. This novel seemed to stall for a long time in the middle. No new information, just the couple being subjected to the same "haunting," chapter after chapter after chapter.
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I wanted to like this book, but I actually couldn't figure out what was actually going on - the entire story just kind of flew right by me. Which may have been the point. I get it - the characters are unwittingly stumbling around in ever murkier insanity and confusion - does that mean I have to as well? Overly esoteric - and at times incongruent - adverbials take away from the storyline - the prose itself is overly descriptive to the point of being a bit obnoxious. Is it super clever to relate brain matter to a flaking diamond? To call a spouse and not-spouse, a her a "not-her?" Does flesh "convince?" Too much talk, not enough action. Which is too bad, because I think there's a good story in there: good character development; storyline flow that didn't have any glaring gaps in suspension of belief; believable, well-paced dialogue. But the language itself left me clueless. I found myself wondering "Is this a dream sequence? Stream of consciousness? Opposite-land? What is actually HAPPENING?" Maybe this audiobook is only for the very smart and very avant-garde, but I didn't get it, and as a former copy editor I would have told the writer "Less talk, more action." While listening to this audiobook I kept being reminded of an overly-eager creative writing student who needs to step very, very far away from the Thesaurus.
The narration, by the way, was good, but without direction it was all just talk.
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