This is another book I’m having trouble reviewing, so bear with me, this isn’t much of a review.
I’m a fan of theoretical physics, and the idea that there are parallel worlds, alternate timelines is intriguing. I’m also a fan of books that take that theory and twist it on its head. When I’ve run out of Crouch books, this came recommended along similar veins, although admittedly much more paranormal and downright horrific.
It’s a semi-hefty book by my current reading standards, so it took me a while to read as a book before bed. I felt like I was back in the early 90s in the spirit of books written pre-2000s, which gave me that eerie feeling that creeps along your spine and stays with you after you close the book. It’s a lot to think about and unpack, but it’s a heck of a book.
About the Book
Long ago, Nathan lived in a house in the country with his abusive father—and has never told his family what happened there.
Long ago, Maddie was a little girl making dolls in her bedroom when she saw something she shouldn’t have—and is trying to remember that lost trauma by making haunting sculptures.
Long ago, something sinister, something hungry, walked in the tunnels and the mountains and the coal mines of their hometown in rural Pennsylvania.
Now, Nate and Maddie Graves are married, and they have moved back to their hometown with their son, Oliver.
And now what happened long ago is happening again . . . and it is happening to Oliver. He meets a strange boy who becomes his best friend, a boy with secrets of his own and a taste for dark magic.
This dark magic puts them at the heart of a battle of good versus evil and a fight for the soul of the family—and perhaps for all of the world. But the Graves family has a secret weapon in this battle: their love for one another.