Monday, March 12, 2018

Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman

Carol's lived her whole life with a very unusual condition.  She collapses and it's like she's dead.  She's not but there is no sign to indicate life.  Her heartbeat is slow and faint, she doesn't show her breath in a mirror, and those who don't know her secret think she's dead.  Her husband knows and he's too chicken to murder her but if she gets buried alive, who will know?

Del Rey and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.

This story is a mix of paranormal, horror, and a touch of love.  It was not what I expected and I had to stretch my imagination while reading it, but it sure kept my attention.  I had to see how it ended...

She hasn't told the people in town of her disability because she doesn't want them to pity her.  Her first love left her because he was fearful about what might happen to her.  So at this point in life, her husband is the only one that knows and he's not telling either.  When she faints outside, he declares her dead and stores her in the cellar until she can be buried.  But Carol has friends...

You can feel the horror of being trapped in your own body and not being able to come back.  She always has before but her mother was alive then.  When you're living with an enemy and don't know it, it's a bad thing.

Her maid sends a message to the man that left her.  He starts back and the action heats up.  He's a man of legend and everyone wants to know how he did what he did.  He won't say.  The husband hires a killer to take him out.  People are dying all over and Carol is waiting to be buried. 

I won't forget this one anytime soon.

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