I totally picked this up on a whim. I was searching on the Scribd app that I use for finding audiobooks and I came across this one. I’ve seen it around and I think the cover is to die for (Goodreads). Also, I apologize in advance if this review is lacking I’m writing with a migraine today..
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I sometimes really struggled with reading this and I think it’s partly due because I abandoned it for a while, partly because of Fibro Fog, and also the way the book is written.
Chloe Benjamin wrote some amazing characters. I kept thinking about them long after listening to the book. I like this motif of power of suggestion, how each sibling falls for it and how it can have a magical aspect to it. I left thinking of how death affects our mentally, and how grief can change us.
I forgot that there was four siblings for a bit which made it difficult to follow along at times. I didn’t love how Benjamin had intense, dramatic scenes without much context until much later. I kept feeling like I missed something and had to rewind the audiobook just to find out that I didn’t miss something that context hasn’t been revealed. I had a hard time connecting with the characters at first, but they eventually grew on me; the ending made a big difference.
I’m having a hard time trying to figure out who’s my favourite character, and I don’t think I can decide. Maybe because of my migraine, but they all mean something to me. They all eventually opened up to the reader, to me.
This is definitely not a happy book. As I mentioned above, death is a theme throughout the book and takes on multiple of forms. I would recommend it; it’s interesting and thought-provoking.
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