Monday, June 5, 2017

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin Book Review

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Amanda is dying in hospital while a boy called David sits next to her. He’s not her son but starts to ask her questions about how she's ended up in hospital. We learn it's all started when Amanda goes to the countryside to holiday with her daughter, waiting for her husband to join her. There she meets Carla, David's mother, who tells Amanda that David was her son but now he isn't. She goes on to explain how David drank some poisoned river water and in act of desperation, Amanda takes David to see a local woman. She says she can save David but only by sending part of his soul into another body and inviting a different soul to inhabit his body. The book continues with Amanda trying to recount the events that lead up to her being in hospital, with David there to help get her back on track.

I devoured this book in one sitting at night, I just couldn't put it down! The book has this eerie feeling that creeps up on you and unsettles you. Right off the bat you're left wondering what's happened and my mind twisted all over the place trying to work out what went wrong and who to trust. I was confused for most of the time reading this, which I liked as it felt it fit in well with the title of the book and the how disorientated Amanda is recounting the story. I do wish the ending had been a little bit clearer, I was still a bit confused at the end and had to read other reviews to figure out what had happened. Even then it’s not entirely clear but I don’t mind it that much as it really adds to the story of a whole. And I’ve read books with way much frustrating conclusions trust me! If you’re looking for a quick summer read that isn’t an easy going beach read and like strange, eerie stories then give it a go.

I received this e-book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I’m not required to post a review on here and all thoughts are my own

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