Title: Unbury Carol
Author: Josh Malerman
Page Count: 367 pages
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. She has died many times . . . but her many deaths are not final: They are comas, a waking slumber indistinguishable from death, each lasting days.
Only two people know of Carol’s eerie condition. One is her husband, Dwight, who married Carol for her fortune, and—when she lapses into another coma—plots to seize it by proclaiming her dead and quickly burying her . . . alive. The other is her lost love, the infamous outlaw James Moxie. When word of Carol’s dreadful fate reaches him, Moxie rides the Trail again to save his beloved from an early, unnatural grave.
And all the while, awake and aware, Carol fights to free herself from the crippling darkness that binds her—summoning her own fierce will to survive. As the players in this drama of life and death fight to decide her fate, Carol must in the end battle to save herself.
Have you seen that Netflix movie Bird Box? Did you know it was a book? Yep! The author of Bird Box wrote Unbury Carol. This is one of those mashup genre books. It technically belongs in horror but we also have a western vibe to it as well as fantasy elements. If I had to describe this book in one word it would be – pecuilar.
The underlying tones of this book had me unsettled. I felt off kilter, just not completely in my own body if you will. Similar to the way I felt with In The House In The Dark of the Woods. Viewing what was happening to Carol through her eyes was so strange to me. It didn’t feel like I was in the characters shoes but more so outside of her body looking in on herself, therefore bringing together some horror elements. Then the book flips to someone else’s perspective of what’s happening and you feel the western vibe.
I really liked the atmosphere and overall vibe of this book. The plot was intricate and the mash up of genres provided a new feel to it.
Elements that didn’t work for me is the name Dwight. I cannot take a name like that seriously so for a main character to have the name Dwight..ugh it was a tad irritating to my brain. Some parts of the book felt hazy and I couldn’t seem to piece together if it was really happening or not.
**Thank you Penguin Canada for a solid great read and for sending me a copy.**