What happens to the survivors of the horror books we read and films we watch? Do the characters swan off happily into the sunset? Or, more realistically, are their lives forever altered as they live with a myriad of psychologically diagnosable illnesses, foremost among them Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Author Daryl Gregory takes this idea, runs with it a little and then knocks it out of the park by making each member of a therapy group for survivors of such horrors – as well as their therapist – compelling characters whom the reader wants to know more about. He then dolls out the information sparingly, dragging the reader deeper and deeper into an incredible world in which horrors beyond imagining are trying to make their way into that world, Lovecraft-style. The twists and turns of the narrative only add to the hypnotic effect of this short novel, so that 190-odd pages felt like 50. His plotting, characterisations, and yes, the writing itself, is all that good. In short, this one completely blew me away and is worth every penny of its slightly inflated ebook price on Amazon.
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