08 April 2018

Unbury Carol; Josh Malerman

Unbury CarolUnbury Carol by Josh Malerman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Carol, despite being the title character, is something of a cypher - we hear her thoughts, but mostly she's in a state that is something deeper than a coma. It's her husband (who plans to bury her alive), her ex-boyfriend (who knows about her condition and that she's not really dead) and the man her husband sends to kill the ex whose lives and actions we follow over the course of three days. None of this takes place in our world, instead we're in a country (or area of a country) called the Trail, which feels very much like the Old West only more isolated and hemmed in by forest, wild vegetation and animals.

The characters and world were sufficiently interesting to keep me reading, but the plot? Nothing new, nothing different from the standard "husband resents wife's wealth, so decides to murder her" plot.

ARC provided by publisher.

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