I read this book in two hours on the plane home from Loncon and just holy shit. It is gripping from start to finish. Five survivors of horrific, horror-movie-style trauma are brought together for group therapy, and it goes about as well as you’d expect. It’s dark and disturbing, as you, the reader, slowly uncover the mysteries of who these people are and what they’ve been through, and what they have yet to face. Daryl Gregory employs a POV trick that shouldn’t work, that should be irritating and confusing, but instead pulls the reader in even more: each chapter begins in first-person, as if narrated by one of the main characters—it could be any of them, in any chapter, or it could be the same each time, if you wish—before fluidly switching to a more detached third-person. This story belongs to all of them, and they are not completely fine. Not by a long shot.
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