2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 6 books toward her goal of 240 books.

Book Review: The Dead Girl in 2A by Carter Wilson

Carter Wilson writes seriously freaky weird books – and I mean that in the best possible way…

This was yet another example of his devilishly clever mind playing with the concepts of good and evil, memory and secrets. He bats them about like a cat toying with a mouse, demonstrating a single-minded intent to disrupt the reader’s preconceptions every step of the way. He couples that with an innocent “who, me?!” face as he teases out cosmic truths and self-realizations, all the while whisking his characters from side to side along seemingly random but ingeniously devised paths until you’re left with a battered, dizzy, reeling sense that nothing will ever look quite the same… It’s an incredibly intricate, involved, brilliant manner of storytelling that I find remarkably compelling and highly entertaining.

The back and forth narration really made this one pop for me. I don’t always love it as a narrative style; it often feels to me like the author is trying to have the best of all worlds, shuffling perspective to force first person action into a third person omniscience and avoid having to resolve plot issue that would not otherwise make sense. Not so AT ALL here. Wilson uses the back-and-forth as another form of toying with the reader, and it works perfectly. Couple that with a spot-on use of backstory revelation, foreshadowing, and a steady tension building, and the result is a fantastic tale that feels supernatural, leaving everything on the table as a possibility, right up until the Big Reveals lead you down the true path. It’s a helluva story and I loved every minute of it!

Thanks to NetGalley for my review copy. The book releases in the U.S. on July 2, 2019.

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