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Anyone want to explain the entire book to me in a summary? I'm struggling to grasp the story plot... and all the different characters are really confusing me..

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Cavak Rather than giving a literal summary, I'll share Hawkins's interviews about the book:

https://www.vogue.com/article/author-...
https://www.npr.org/2017/04/28/525926...
https://youtu.be/_IGoOMObdTk
https://youtu.be/bkRZf-jQMEo
https://youtu.be/I1Ng0ATmkBE

Or the bullet point version:

*People are more damaged than they present themselves, no matter how virtuous they appear.
*Misogyny from the past and present keep sinking into the story itself. From both men and women. Even from family and lovers.
*Boundaries are flat out broken for the sake of dominance, especially by many of the male characters. In disturbing ways.
*Paranormal roots? Well, not outright confirmed. It's more a mood in respect to the town's history of witch hunting.

The story is more about conveying these ideas. Which is probably why it's confusing if you want to invest in one character view. It's trying to capture the prejudices and paranoia of an entire small town.

Hence why the murder mystery plots were nearly nominal as a framing device. Because even when the mysteries are solved (in an unsatisfactory way from what I recall), the small town continues to feel constrained and tainted in a spiritual way.

That's the real meat of the book in my eyes. The "what you were supposed to get out of it". And if it doesn't appeal to you, that's okay. It's not the cheeriest read.
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