SO SCARY!!! I meant to save this for my spook-themed Read-a-thon, but I accidentally started reading it and then got SUCKED IN because DEMONS, people. Nothing is scarier.
Ok, so I don’t believe in vampires or zombies or kind of even ghosts, but books about those things will still scare me mindless (as will, apparently, books about woods). But I do believe in demons and demon-possession, which made A Good and Happy Child so shivery. And possessed children pretty much take the Make-Me-Cry cake.
So. George Davies can’t bring himself to hold his baby son, and he doesn’t know why. I know – first-world problem. First-world solution? Go see a therapist. So the therapist has him journaling about his childhood, and then there are demons and scandals and shower doors are moving on their own (why are showers so inherently freaky? Is it the vulnerability? The nudity? Norman Bates?) and there are crucifixes and exorcisms and icons of the Archangel Michael all hither and yon.
Brief aside: this is the first book I’ve ever read to take Christianity seriously without actually advocating for it. I respect the hell out of that.
The content is horrifying all by itself, but Evans does a great job of providing information and then showing it false, offering clues and then pulling them back, showing you the letter but NOT LETTING YOU READ IT!!!! You sick bastard, just let me read the letter.
My only beef is that I was ripping along near the end all, The pages remaining are getting fewer and fewer, zomg I am so afraid, I am glad it is so light out and I am in the student lounge surrounded by hundreds of people, gorm! I am chewing my fingers in terror! The book is nearing the end now I can’t believe that just happened I will have nightmares I
And then THE END and what? I wasn’t done being scared. How does this keep happening? I mean, I’m all for those ooga-booga-you’ll-never-know endings, because they aren’t resolved and that means the vampire still lives and he’s coming for you next!!! Fright fright fright. But things are zipping along here, all still in the throes of stabby fear and then hey, I solved it. You can all go home now, things are fine.
I am unsatisfied. And a little bit angry, because I was all set to LOVE THIS BOOK BEYOND ALL REASON!!! JUST LIKE IN THE WOODS!! But this isn’t like that, where French just sort of forgot to resolve something mayyyyyyyyjah, but more like the resolution was so sudden and ship-shape that I don’t buy it.
Eight caterpillars for the first 320 pages, four for the last 2. Average of six.