This is a relatively short, easy read. Given that the story revolves around a recently widowed man--Paul Russo--and his family, dealing with grief is one of the main themes, as is facing one's demons. In that manner, the tale is somewhat allegorical, although the vast majority of the plot plays out with Paul denying any supernatural involvement as he tries to move on with his life and his job as a realtor by selling a local mansion. "Stillwell", however, relied too much on horror tropes--lost loved ones who haven't moved on, haunted houses, good vs. evil--so the story was rather run-of-the-mill and not very memorable.
The most fascinating thing about this book is the portrait of a secondary character, a nurse who joined the profession from a desire to help others. Starting with a struggle between duty and a legitimate anger over the crimes she believes were committed against a child, she gradually desensitizes herself to acts of negligence and violence that her self-righteousness allows her to justify, until there is little to distinguish her from the convicted felons that she tries to punish.
The main story was worthwhile, too, but the plot took forever to get moving. I enjoyed it overall, but this did not grab me and shake me the way that The Girl With All the Gifts did.
Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. Finty Williams provides excellent narration.
This was my second book by this author and with Kit Doyle as a character. I had a hard time with one of the characters in this book not trusting Kit. The author never really said why, I guess it was covered in another book.
Anyway, Kit's friend, Farley, is missing and no one has heard from him. He was supposed to go surfing but all of his surfing stuff is still at his house. So Kit is looking for him. She also has a cohort named Virgie who gets the laughs in this book. And for mystery, we have a van following Kit around. There's also some strange characters living off the grid.
I found the book to be entertaining and other than the trust issue with Kit, I enjoyed reading it.
Thanks to Severn House for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
--Below is my review for this book in paperback format, I just listened to this in Audio format, and it was phenomenal, a full cast of characters for narration sets this apart from most audiobooks, if you've been thinking of trying an audiobook...get this one. The only downfall is it could spoil you for regular audiobooks.
Book Title: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series: Illuminae Files #1
Genre: Science Fiction, Deep Space, YA
Source: Own on Paperback
♪♫My Picks For Book Theme Song♫♪
♫Here's to the Heartache by Nothing More --It's spooky, it's like it was written to go with this book.♫ &
♫My Demons by Starset --This is AIDAN'S song, for sure. I believe that if they ever get around to making a movie for this, Starset could do the whole Soundtrack.♫
The Feels: 5+++
Backdrop (World Building): 4/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Ending: 5+++ Cliffhanger: No, but you can tell it's not over yet…
Will I continue this series? H*** Yes!!!
If I explained this book in one word it would be: Intense
Some other words would be…
Raw, Graphic, Gut-wrenching, Teeth-clenching, Nail-biting, Wonder, Awe, Interstellar, Lol, Fearful, Doubtful, Suspenseful, Thrilling, Movie-worthy, a-pain-in-the-ass-to-read-at-times, and ultimately Satisfying.
I read this in Paperback form, and I need to say, I really don't like reading actual books. The print is too small for me see, even with my glasses on, unless I'm in direct sunlight. I also had a kindle version from the library, that I read on whenever it was too dark for my paperback. I'm glad I had both versions; it helped immensely. For this book…you need to read it in hardcover or paperback. Not all of the parts of it are easily read from a kindle. This is so interesting that I'm contemplating using a Audible credit to buy the book in Audio version. Side-note--I did that
Sex Factor: There is only talk of sexual situations, but this book is definitely older YA; because of the intensity of the graphicness.