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I enjoyed the way the story worked by days with a ...
on 8 April 2017
I grabbed this book having read the blurb and because the premise was interesting.
I was a little apprehensive to read it because i'd spotted a review (post-purchase) which suggested that the book was literary and, rightly or wrongly, I associate literary with complex themes and wordplay etc which distract from the narrative. I've recently read Station Eleven and didn't want to read something similar in another form.
However, my concerns were unfounded. Yes, the author has created a character obsessed with words, but it doesn't feel lofty and it didn't fly over my head (another concern with literary fiction), instead it was weaved carefully into the narrative.
In terms of the narrative. I enjoyed the way the story worked by days with a sneak peak at day 18 early on to set where it was going. I thought the idea of people slowly going mad and how they went mad was done really well.
I liked the protagonists thoughts on the facade of daily life and relationships was done well and how quickly these breakdown and reform in the story without sleep.
I also liked some of the quirky similes e.g. 'For hours after that, I was as fragile as the shell of a battery egg.'
I should also mention that the horror element is almost exclusively psychological. To be honest, I anticipated something more physical, but I was pleasantly surpised by what we got.
One issue I had with the story was the ending, which felt a little flat.
Overall, i'd definitely recommend it.