My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this deeply weird book. 💜 I expected a modern gothic haunted castle story, and it has that, but then things go much further into 😳😳 territory. It doesn’t all totally make a ton of sense (her poor husband?!? the kidnapped girl?!?) but the author’s tone is so steady I just flowed along with all the delicious absurdity. And I are one of these cupcakes for breakfast.
I LOVED the genuine creepiness of this gothic suspense story. I was surprised by the root of the evil in the house and super grossed out at least twice. The pacing was good, the setting unique, and I read it was optioned for a limited TV series!
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Beautiful, dreamy, subtle prose but the story didn’t capture me. The characters are meant to feel somewhat dissociated from their own lives, which makes them hard to relate to. I liked the structure (slipping around in time) and the descriptions of British Columbia.
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Richly detailed and fast-paced. I could have used more background on the alien planet and how the humans came to occupy the underground cave system, but maybe that’s coming in another book. The prose is interesting, a bit stilted and awkward in a way that actually reflects a society with different moral standards. Worthwhile!