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Not Nearly Enough Carol, but the End Satisfies
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2018
I came for the claustrophobic feel of a woman trapped in her own mind at danger of being buried alive and left with a western about the men who are trying to kill her, rescue her, or kill the man who wants to rescue her. There were a lot of positives about this book: the writing is solid and Smoke is one of the creepiest villains I've read in a long time. But, I had some problems, too: Carol is not in the book nearly enough, for one thing. Her story, to me, was the most interesting and it doesn't get it's due. I also wanted her chapters, where she's locked inside her coma trying to get out, to feel more spooky and claustrophobic. Second, I did not believe her husband's motivation for wanting her dead; it seemed a bit forced. I also just didn't like him, even as a villain.
I stayed with this book because I hoped the end would redeem itself, and for that reason I'm glad I finished it. The ending is really quite clever and very satisfying.