I was prepared to write a review for this book which would be seriously glowing and champion it as superior to the other book of his which I read and reviewed, The Land of Laughs
However, like that other book this is compelling throughout but with a flat finish, almost like the author simply grew tired of writing and opted for the most predictable adn disappointingly formulaic finish.
It is such a shame because the style and pace is brilliant, the book is littered with observations of everyday life, the everyday ordinary is made extraordinary by being brought into sharp focus. This really does have the effect of priming the reader for a big finsih which does not arrive.
There are fantasy aspects, woven brilliantly into the narrative in a manner not many authors can achieve which makes the supernatural appear more plausible but ultimately I was left thinking whether or not this book is fantasy at all or a kind of psychological novel.
There is room for reflection, even discussion, of whether or not this or that plot twist or development is a sign of burgeoning madness or ghosts and haunting which I know many people think is the mark of a great book but I am not convinced myself. Carroll's clearly got great talent and it sort of feels like he prepares the reader for a big finish which doesnt arrive on schedule (something I thought was wrong with Land of Laughs too).
So I can recommend this book but I do think that anyone reading it is likely to feel let down by how it ends.