This Thing Between Us

A Novel

Paperback, 272 pages

Published Oct. 12, 2021 by MCD x FSG Originals.

ISBN:
978-0-374-53923-8
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4 stars (14 reviews)

It was Vera's idea to buy the Itza. The "world's most advanced smart speaker!" didn't interest Thiago, but Vera thought it would be a bit of fun for them amidst all the strange occurrences happening in the condo. It made things worse. The cold spots and scratching in the walls were weird enough, but peculiar packages started showing up at the house—who ordered industrial lye? Then there was the eerie music at odd hours, Thiago waking up to Itza projecting light shows in an empty room.

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Review of 'This Thing Between Us' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I’m rounding up to 5 because FINALLY a horror book written by a dude I actually enjoyed! Bonus points for Kubrick references. Extra bonus points for what I think is commentary about generational trauma/violence but some of those points taken away for not really being clear and maybe not even being there? I’m not sure what was going on, and that’s kind of a problem. There’s a bit of a Stephen King issue happening there. Anyway, it was very fun, very creepy, and I think there’s potential for some interesting conversations to come out of reading it. That last thing alone is enough for me to add a star.

Review of 'This Thing Between Us' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

"No one understands, they keep talking about time. You need time, it'll take time. Like I'll get over her and everything will go back to normal. I don't want to get over anything. I want to sink as far as it'll take me."

Above all else, this book excelled at the portrayal of grief. It's that portrayal that really made me enjoy this. It felt so real and raw, and served as a backdrop for every decision the main character made.

This is the kind of story that is really enhanced by it's short length. This is not an exploration of grief. It's one man's personal experience with it.

As far as the paranormal aspect of the story goes, I liked how impending and incomprehensible it felt in the first 2/3rds of the book. I think I would have preferred the threat to remain paranormal rather than becoming a physical …

Review of 'This Thing Between Us' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Grief is a common theme to explore in media, and I feel like it's even more present in the horror genre. At face value one might think, "do we really need another story about dealing with the loss of a loved one?" And at face value I might agree that the concept has been tackled just about every way already, but This Thing Between Us proved to me that there are still interesting ways to keep the topic fresh in a way I've never seen before.

The sales blurb for this book pitches it as a ~what if your Alexa was haunted~ kind of story, but there is so much more going on here. There is some truly sinister and malevolent shit happening to poor Thiago (who is one of the most interesting and likeable protagonists I've come across in a while) and there were at least two scenes that …

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