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Não se pode negar a capacidade de uma pessoa mudar ao longo dos anos, e isso explica o meu recente enamoramento por livros de horror. Apesar de continuar a não gostar de filmes do género, os livros têm ganho um lugar no meu coração e tenho lido cada vez mais. Eric LaRocca não é um autor novo para mim, estreei-me recentemente com o seu livro de contos “Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke“, uma colecção de histórias estranhas e cativantes. Este é o seu primeiro romance, e eu não podia deixar escapar a oportunidade que o Netgalley me deu de o ler.
One keeps the ability to change throughout our lives, and that explains my recent passion for horror books. Even though I still don’t like horror movies, the books have carved a place in my heart, and I’ve been reading a lot more lately. Eric LaRocca is not a new author to me, I previously read his short story collection “Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke”, and it was weird and enticing. Now that his debut novel has reached Netgalley, I just had to take the opportunity.
In this book we follow two very different main characters. Ghost is a grieving man, who got lost in life when his pregnant wife died, and Malik is a police detective that has recently moved to this conservative Connecticut town with his husband and is currently investigating a series of strange disappearances. Their paths don’t cross, except for the fact that they both live in the same town. We add to this a charming and mysterious elderly man, Heart Crowley, that also lives here. Considering the book is only 202 pages long, things go really wrong, really fast. They reach an extreme body horror point, which made me question the sanity of continuing to read.
I liked this book, the story is well developed, we feel for the characters and care with what happens to them, which makes all the difference in a scenario like this. It was a pleasure to read (albeit a painful pleasure), that caused just the right amount of anxiety, as we would expect. I recommend it to all that are not easily scared, that like stories that push our boundaries and make us question the limits of human nature.