There isn’t much I am afraid of. However; Josh Malerman seemed to be able to bring up both of my darkest fears in one book. This book isn’t scary per se. The idea of being buried alive and actually knowing what is happening around you is horrifying. The Victorians were so frightened by this idea they had special caskets made so if you woke up in pure darkness you would be able to alert someone. It still creeps me out. But burning alive is another matter and as I sit here in 68 degree warmth still give me chills.
Summary: Carol has a condition which causes her to fall into a coma where her vitals are barely perceptible. There are only two people that understand her condition.
What I liked: I liked the story so much. The characters (even the bad guys/gals) were richly written and fleshed out. There were multiple storylines that Malerman didn’t leave hanging and where finished with an expert flourish. I love the world that Malerman has created and would definitely read more books based in that world. There is a creepy aspect to the world that I can’t really put my finger on.
What I didn’t like: Nothing absolutely nothing. There is no pig-shit in this book.
Star Rating: 5
My thoughts: This is the first book of Malermans that I have read. I really enjoyed it and will be buying it when it is released. It was unique and well paced. Malerman is a great story teller and I see some other book purchases in my future.
Release Date: April 10, 2018
I would like to thank NetGalley and Del Ray and Penguin Random House for sending me a advanced copy for review.