Jun 22, 12
Read from March 23 to June 15, 2012
Mystery is a delightfully slow read, and yet compelling. Only Peter Straub could pull that off. Straub's writing always has a hallucinatory quality and Mystery is no different. This first novel in the Blue Rose Trilogy (see also Koko and The Throat) is a pure mystery, filled with shady characters, dark conspiracies, and ill-fated love. There are some slow sections, but they are slow not because they are boring but due to Straub's ability to create a surreal moment and stretch it for all its worth--his writing demands that you slow down and become enmeshed. Recommended only if you are willing to take this book in long swallows as opposed to quick sips. Set aside the time and you will not be disappointed.