I'm glad this book exists and that such stories are being told but there's a reason why this book, that's barely over a hundred pages, took me two weeks to read. The writing is very inconsistent, sometimes I'd be enjoying it and other times I'm just baffled and have no idea why those particular words were strung together as they make no sense.
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Wow. Ok. This was magnificent. I have no complaints (perfect ending btw) but it was so horrific, I wish I hadn't read it.
I also really loved the way the dialogue was written, I didn't know anything about Scottish English (? Dialect? I'm not sure.) prior to picking this up and it took a while to get used to it but the audiobook narrator helped a lot. He was great. If I'd only read the book myself, i would have never gotten the intonation right in my head. The writing outside of the dialogue parts was also beautiful and i was never bored even in the parts that were from the point of view of the most horrible characters.
Uh. This was fine. I did really love some moments but for the most part it was uninteresting and the writing was pretty meh. (Now this is my 5th Backman read, I'm very familiar with his writing style. Usually his amazing insights on humans make up for his straightforward prose (which isn't the type of prose that i normally like), but I didn't find that here.)
I was having a bad day, then i remembered this comes out in 5 months and suddenly i have a reason to live again.
And oh my fucking god, when did the cover reveal happen??
Edit: the cover on Bancroft's website is absolutely gorgeous (as expected from this artist), why is it different from the one on here?