Some places are too good to be true.
Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map. In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things. After a couple years of hard traveling, ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother’s home in Wink, New Mexico. And the closer Mona gets to her mother’s past, the more she understands that the people of Wink are very, very different …
From one of our most talented and original new literary voices comes the next great American supernatural novel: a work that explores the dark dimensions of the hometowns and the neighbors we thought we knew.
I surprised myself by enjoying this one as much as I did. Sci-fi and fantasy intimidate me, big time, but mix them with horror and base the story on Earth and apparently, I’m okay with it!
I’ve never read anything like this before, it was so exciting, weird, wonderful and fun! I loved how it mixed in-your-face-violence, subtle creepiness, beautiful moments of humanity, humour, mind-bending sci-fi elements and strong emotions into one insanely brilliant package.
This is a 650-page novel, and it felt like a long novel, but that wasn’t a bad thing. There was so much story here that was worth each page, it was a delight all the way through. My only complaint would have to be a chapter that was entirely dedicated to the sci-fi aspect of this story, trying to explain how things got to be how they were. It lost me, completely. All the time-bending and parallel universes stuff? Yeah, it’s not for me.
I especially loved the main character, Mona. She felt very real as a person. On one hand, she was a badass, take no shit ex-cop, on the other hand, she was an emotionally damaged and tragic lonely woman. Other side characters we get to know were interesting too, some were completely despisable and others were annoyingly loveable.
It’s hard to say much about this book because there is so much that goes into it yet I don’t want to spoil anything. One thing I will say, though, is that this one had a much more emotional ending than I would have initially guessed and it really took me by surprise… in a good way!
If you’re into big books and looking for a fun sci-fi horror, I definitely recommend giving this one a try!
Edition Published: 2011
Genre: Nonfiction, Adventure, Memoir
Goodreads Av. Rating: 4.19