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336 pages, Hardcover
First published January 15, 2018
“A piteous creature that wore so many masks, he didn’t even know what he looked like beneath them.”
"He was a sociopath. Words and promises were meaningless to him."
"The time she dreamt that her throat closed up in seventh grade Social Studies class and she vomited a three-inch maggot, pale and bloated, writhing on her desk? 3: 21 a.m. The time a man stalked her on her way to 7-Eleven, whistling at her, and then cornered her in the restroom, produced a tiny handgun, and shot her in the back of the head? 3: 33 a.m. The time that tall ghost —a gray-haired woman with a floral skirt and double-jointed knees, both bending backward like a dog's hind legs —came lurching through Darby's bedroom window, half-floating and half-striding, weightless and ethereal, like a creature underwater? 3: 00 a.m. exactly."
"You want to know the secret to ruining your life? It's never one big black-and-white decision. It's dozen's of little ones that you make every single day. It's excuses, in my case. Excuses are poison”
“OK is the single worst word in the English language. Without contest, its an utter nothing.”
“The difference between a hero and a victim? Timing.”
“Death is supposed to transform you from a person into an idea.”
Great Start....Much Potential.
Colorado Rockies. An imperative road trip home, quickly developing blizzard conditions, freezing temperatures, and no cell reception leaves Darby stranded at a remote rest stop with four strangers....and an alarming discovery.
Didn't feel it.... the cold (at all) or intensity of an extremely dangerous situation for the young college student....nor for 9 year old Jay locked in the animal cage. (no spoiler here) There were just too many unbelievable, foolish actions and situations, silly comments by protagonist when in dire straits, stupid villains, and to top it off, the unnecessary recollection of animal cruelty/death to cats.
Nope. I finished the whole thing, but cannot recommend as a serious thriller. Disappointed.
(With over 35,000 ratings and an average of 4.0, know I am definitely in the minority here....oh well.)
Grieving isn’t what I expected. You don’t see your loved one’s face wherever you go, haunting you on billboards and strangers. That’s a cliché. The reality is simpler, less melodramatic, and far worse. You just start to forget.