Readers, I have something to confess… I am a librarian who has never read a Stephen King book. Shocking, I know. In my defense, I am not a horror fan and anything I read or consume that is even remotely horror is very specific (I know what I can handle.) But Mr. King has written various genres so that’s where my excuse falls apart. So why this book as my first King? Besides having been recommended to me by numerous friends, I LOVE time travel and will read anything about it. Having read this, I am now mad that I haven’t read King books before and waited so long to read this one. Have you ever started a book and liked it so much that you subconsciously read it really, really slowly in order to make it last? Only me? This is how I felt reading this book. I didn’t want it to end yet couldn’t wait to see what would happen, simultaneously. I know I am late to the game but I cannot recommend this book enough.
In general, I am a fan of Sci-Fi books that involve alternate realities or characters that see things but don’t know if what they are seeing is actually there or just their imagination. (Is there a sub-genre out there for this type of book?) Kate Hope Day has managed to write a book that contains these elements disguised as a family drama that leaves the reader satisfied but also wanting more. I could see this book being a great pick for book clubs because there is a lot to discuss and dissect.
I can honestly say I have never read a book like this before. As such, I have had a hard time writing this review because it defies most categories. Is this book comedy? Satire? Science-Fiction? Horror? It has all these elements but manages to tell a cohesive story that kept me intrigued until the very end, even though I had no idea where the story was going most of the time. I even struggled with figuring out what this book was actually about. Despite this confusion, I enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the recently announced sequel.
I don’t know where to begin my review of this book. Even reading the description of the story did not prepare me for the emotions I felt while reading it. It is equal parts disturbing poetic. Part Sci-Fi, part Horror, part Existentialism, this is a book I will not soon forget.