Publication Date: September 8th 2014
A darkly humorous and imaginative story
After she discovers The Terrible Thing, Easter Deetz goes looking for her sister, Julia, but ends up pinned under a giant boulder with her legs crushed into tomato paste. Bored, disappointed, and thoroughly dismembered, Easter slowly bleeds to death in The Woods with only sinister squirrels to keep her company. As The Something Coming draws closer, memories of Easter's family surface like hallucinations: a mumbling father who lives alone in the basement; a terrifying grandmother who sits in her enclosed porch all day; an overly loving mother who plays dead in the bathtub on Sunday nights.
As the story of her life unspools, Easter realizes she's being stalked, making it very difficult for her to bleed to death in peace. Will The Something Coming save her? Or will it do her in entirely?
At the start we meet Easter, our main character of this story. While running away from The Terrible Thing she finds herself in The Woods, looking for her sister Julia. Only suddenly something terrible happens and her legs get crushed. She knows she has a little time left but still she is not alone. While unwrapping her memories and remembering all terrible things that happened to her she knows that she is being stalked. She is not sure if it's a friend or enemy. Is this her end or just beginning.
This book is a really tough one to review. It is a sad and really dark story. But it is also a story that deals with tough issues and the one that will try to tell a really shocking story in a different way. I liked to put pieces together here and even now after reading this book I'm not sure I've got all of them. Somehow it is hard to wrap your mind around this story, but it stays with you for quite some time after your finish it.
Now I have to pull that old trick from the hat and say that the reason I didn't enjoy this story as much is actually me, not the book. This book, for sure, will find its readers and people who will love and praise it. I'm happy for it and this book deserve it. But I won't be one of them. Many things about this book were hard for me to comprehend and therefore to enjoy this story, even though this story might not be written to be enjoyed. It was confusing and at moments I felt uncomfortable with it.
Simply, there was too much darkness for me to embrace. But this book was unique, that for sure.
Rating: 3 stars.
Until the next time,
*Note: Copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, Flux, via NetGalley. Thank you!