I give up. I made it 20% into the novel and just couldn't make myself care enough to continue. This may be someone else's cup of tea, but in the end I decided I had (much) better stuff to read. Here are my main problems with this book:
1. I had no clue what was going on. I don't mind a novel starting in media res, but at some point things have to start making some sense for me to want to keep reading. And yes, I get that there will be an "all will be revealed" moment somewhere down the line, but I honestly didn't care enough to find out.
2. While I love a good forced confinement story (Misery is one of my favorite novels ever, in any genre), this one just felt like a trip through one of these extreme haunted houses that have become popular in recent years. Instead of gripping psychological terror, it's simply torture porn and seems to be geared towards being consumed more as a film than a novel. This is made worse by the fact that the main character doesn't have enough of a personality to drive the story forward. He's simply a prop for things to happen to him.
3. The popular trope of book/video/message that curses anyone who handles it has become overused and boring. In this case, it's a book, and there are sporadic, clumsy callouts to the reader (that is, us) warning us to put the book down, or mentioning that there's a camera recording us right now... yawn. This might have worked if it had been better planned.
Otherwise, the writing was actually quite decent. I just wish it had kept me interested.
If anyone else reads this and actually likes it, I would love to chat about it. And I'm not being sarcastic here; part of the problem might be that I'm just not the right audience for this book. But hey, maybe this means I won't get killed by the creepy book. Right?
I received this copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.