[ARC] I am behind you by John Ajvide Lindqvist

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This book is so extremely weird that I don’t know how to begin talking about it.

The beginning it’s truly intriguing: one morning, the inhabitants of four trailers, installed in a camping for the summer, wake up and do not find anymore the camping. Around them a field of green grass and an infinite blue sky.

This way start a story that can be defined as horror, but also in the extreme weird. The main characters (Trailer 1: Athletic Peter, his beautiful wife Isabel and Molly, their daughter, Trailer 2: Quiet Stefan with Carina and their son Emil, Trailer 3: The strange couple Olof and Lennart and their cat and last Trailer 4: Quick tempered Donald and his patient wife Majvor and their dog) initially try to understand this new environment and to find clues on how to get back to their quiet, boring reality.

After some time this anonymous place starts to bring out the worst from them: visions bring back the hidden past and the worst and violent inclination of these unlucky campers. The characters are the focus of the novel and they are well-build, also thanks to the narrative choice to follow each PoV, with a couple of creepy exceptions.

Unfortunately the conclusion is the apex of the unintelligible, and this is the main reason why the novel did not convince me. In the end a good execution but the ending left me a bit frustrated, too bad since I very much liked Let the right ones in.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.


* I am behind you by John Ajvide Lindqvist ★★☆☆☆

*I read this book in english

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The strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

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Ava is born with a pair of beautiful wings, attached to her body and impossible to be removed surgically; Ava has also a twin brother, Henry, who prefers not to talk and not to be touched. They are a couple of peculiar child, and their weirdness comes from back in time, from their French great-grandmother, before her immigration to the USA.

Ava’s voice bring the reader into the story of her family, from her silent great-grandmother, to Emilienne, Ava’s grandmother, who brings the sorrow of her brother and sisters who left her, and Ava’s mother, Viviane, suffering for a unrequitted love; all of them have something strange skills, and it’s like this weirdness, this magic, accumulated till the born of Ava.

The novel is not all about the past (the structure in this sense reminds me of Middlesex), Ava tells also the story of the present time – her childhood lived at home, her mother being protective for Ava strangeness, her few friends – and of a specific and dramatic period of her life.

The strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender is an intense novel, mainly in the ending part, and it’s so easy to like the main characters, so strange but so different from the brutal normality of common people around them.


* The strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton ★★★★☆

*I read this book in english