The subtitle of "Disquiet" - "a story" - is the most accurate way to describe this little book. Small in all senses of the word, "Disquiet" presents little more than a short story of a situation. It is a book beautifully written, careful in progression and ultimately dark and eerie. Enjoyable, almost. It's hard not to get sucked into the read and emerge not long afterwards from the dark gloom that surrounds its well-crafted words.
But "Disquiet" faces a number of issues that are hard to overcome. Take, for instance, the fact that the book lacks any discernible plot. That might be okay, were the characters fully and richly developed, but they are not. Even at the end, they remain sketches - broad, intriguing sketches yes - but lack a sense of depth to them. The story as well. From beginning to end, it progresses almost "lightly", as though any quick movement will unsettle everything. It is partly due to that beautiful writing - the characters often speak rather stiffly, as though they're not sure what language they're speaking.
The first half of this small book was excellent. It felt like a good set-up for further development: first describe the situation beautifully and then delve slowly slowly into the heavier intricacies of the characters' lives. Instead, the ending is interesting, slightly unsettling, but not wholly satisfying. The vagueness, so appealing at first, begins to sounds repetitive and slightly worn and though the last two scenes cause the reader to sympathize deeply with the characters, the book ends abruptly, once again vague and confusing.
Ultimately, it is not an enjoyable, cheerful read. It's a curious, dark story, one that I'm glad I read, beautifully written and very much about the atmosphere and the overall feel. While some books can survive on general impressions alone, this slim book succeeds only partly. I recommend reading it, because it is quite interesting, raising a few disturbing questions I'd never thought to ask myself before, but am not certain it deserves to be purchased, particularly not when it costs the same as a standard paperback and is only 100 pages. As interesting and well written of a book as this is, I cannot recommend this book as a purchase and instead urge readers to seek this out in the library. 3.5 stars.