Genre: Western, Fantasy,
Target Audience: Adult
Warnings: Language, violence
Rating: 3 out of 5
Carol Evers ‘dies’ several times. Each death is coma-like and indistinguishable from death. Her new husband plans to take advantage of her latest ‘death’ and make sure this time she stays dead for good so he can get his hand on her money. James Moxie, Carol’s former love, tries to save her.
This book was provided for free by Netgalley in return for a fair and honest review.
Josh Malerman is the author of Birdbox a horror story that received world wild acclaim. So it was safe to say when I saw this book up for review on Netgalley I jumped at the chance. One thing I can say about Josh’s works is that there is always something extremely unique in them. With this one, it was Carol’s ‘illness’. It’s a very unique premise that leads to all the happenings in the book.
The writing is incredible as usual with Josh’s works. He has a way with words that makes it so easy to read. I went through it at a very quick pace which considering how much of a Western genre book this is it really works in its favor. I will say I did have some annoyance with some repetitive phrases throughout the book. It got very eye-rolling at points.
The characters were great but unfortunately, they weren’t really developed. Smoke and Carol were fun but we know so little about them it makes most of their actions confusing or frustrating. Carol while having her name in the title doesn’t have much time in the book. For most of it, she is a damsel in distress and we instead focus on the men around her which is annoying.
The pacing was odd which threw me off a little bit but it picked up by the second half. Sadly the book’s plot is fairly predictable especially if you are a fan of westerns. Some of the plot points felt very forced. One, in particular, that got the story rolling was a bit of lazy writing which annoyed the heck out of me because I know Josh is better than that.
I do think this is gonna be one of those books you’ll either love or hate. the minority of people will be those that fall in the middle. Still, I recommend this for the unique ideas and fun characters alone. Just be well aware of what this book is when you go into it. I saw a lot of people confused by the western aspect and that ruined the book for them.
For me, though this one is simply 3/5 stars. I enjoyed it but the little frustrations added up until it was just meh for me.