Rosa Lia of the New York Public Library list the books that kept her up at night long after she was done with them in 2014.
Wonder what happens to the lone survivors? What if they all got together for a group therapy session? That’s how We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory begins. Five survivors of horrific encounters (think a cannibalistic family, a cult, a serial killer) get together to try and adjust back into society. They soon learn that they can’t quite escape the horrors of the past and that they were handpicked for the therapy session for a reason.
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The author tries a method of starting the chapters from the viewpoint of an unknown member with a unique approach of using first person plural pronoun (using we) and then eases into third person narrative to tell the story which really adds to the mysterious and weird atmosphere in a fun way to begin with. These group of people who suffered various tragedies dealing with the supernaturals are still now reeling from their experience and it is apparent in their conversations and behavior. All through the whole story the author tried to convey that these people are not normal and that made the plot that much more intriguing.
Harrison, Stan, Barbara, Greta, Martin and Jan; all of them are characters who even in this short story shines on their own accord. And that is another triumph for the writer. We get to feel their despair and pains with them and the author also made us able to understand their personal struggles to deal with the past and the consequences. There are hints and pieces thrown everywhere about their back story in an artistic manner which keeps a reader interested to find out more; about halfway through the book you start wondering what is the connection between all these people and also what is gonna happen to them. Suffice to say, there is not a dull moment in this novel throughout the whole length.
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