Yay! More mini-reviews! After putting together this little post, I realized how dark in nature these three books are…they fit pretty well together in one post if I do say so myself! Here are three mini reviews for three pretty dark and weird books! Enjoy!
Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
This one was pretty strange, not gonna lie. Someone I used to know always raved about this book as not only being their favourite Chuck Palahniuk book of all time, but their favourite book in general of all time. I didn’t really research much before I finally decided to pick it up and I’m kind of glad that I didn’t.
This books was weird. It was written in a weird way and I liked that…I think? Part of me enjoyed this book and then another part of me is just really confused at what I just read. The characters weren’t necessarily likeable by any means, yet I still wanted to learn more about them. The storyline itself was so strange and over-the-top, but at the same time…it was really unique.
Would I call this novel one of my favourites of all time? Nah, but it was still pretty entertaining in its own strange way…
The Library At Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
Well, this was definitely one of the strangest books I have ever read. It was intriguing and mesmerizing and I’m still not entirely sure why.
It reminded me a lot of The Wicked And The Divine in the sense that there was this group of “siblings” that were once human that somehow have now taken on the identity of god-like entities. Mix that with a little bit of The OA and you get The Library At Mount Char.
I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I first started reading this novel. I knew that people considered it to be dark and strange, and that was enough to draw me in. Also, at a recent bookish even, V.E. Schwab herself mentioned that it was one of her favourite recent reads, so I mean I just had to pick it up right?
I enjoyed all of the different characters, even the ones that maybe we weren’t really supposed to like. My favourites had to be Carolyn, Michael and eventually Steve. At first I didn’t really understand Steve and his purpose within the story, but oh my god did it ever make sense toward the end and I loved it.
This book is weird and strange and quirky and all of the other words that describe my favourite things. I absolutely recommend picking this one up, especially if you’re looking for something unique and different!
The Son by Jo Nesbø
This was my first experience with a Jo Nesbø novel and it definitely won’t be the last!
I won’t lie, this book has been on my TBR for years and I have no idea why I neglected to pick it up. The synopsis pulled me in back when I first came across this novel and I knew it would be something that I would most likely love, but for whatever reason, I just never felt like picking it up until recently.
I don’t think I have ever read a book that took place in Norway before and with Oslo being one of my top dream travel destinations, it was a great experience to be transported into the country of Norway through this novel.
Sonny felt a bit like Dexter to me, where he went on this vigilante crusade and did some terrible things…but you still wanted to root for him? If that makes any sense at all… He was likeable in the sense that he was this kind soul that was dealt a shitty hand in life and you just wanted everything to be okay for him.
I never thought I would have to talk about insta-love in a crime/mystery/thriller novel, but yeah…there was insta-love in this novel and it just didn’t work for me. I felt no emotion when it came to a particular romance in this novel and I kind of wish their relationship remained platonic.
In terms of the story, it was exciting and thrilling in places, but also slow and hard to follow in others. I liked the idea of Sonny as a vigilante and getting revenge on those that betrayed him and his father…but the talk of a mole within the police force and all of the corruption became a little confusing. However, there were a few twists and surprises that I didn’t see coming.
The epilogue at the end of this novel was one of the things that bothered me the most about it. It felt un-needed, like the story could have ended with the pervious chapter. In all honesty, the epilogue just left me feeling a little confused.
All in all, this was a great first dive into the world of Jo Nesbø for me and I can’t wait to read more of his novels!
There you have it! Hopefully that wasn’t too dark for you! Stay tuned for more mini-reviews coming soon!
Thank you for reading!