My Rating: ★★★★☆
Genre: Adult Literature, Contemporary Literature
Plot: Richard Walker has just died, and his estranged family returns to his home to clean out the years of hoarding he’s left behind. However, the family does not realize that they’re not alone– the house is very much alive and aware of their presence. Alice and Sandra, who live within the walls and the floorboards and every other inch of the house, watch as the family copes with Richard’s death each in their own way, and unveil secrets within the family and between themselves, as their worlds collide.
- A “ghost story” told from the point of view of the house, rather than stereotypical ghosts, is just really cool and clever.
- Everyone copes with loss in a different way, and every single character in this book is an example of just that.
- The character arcs are amazing.
- I like that the stories went between past and present and all tied up in the end.
- It was kind of slow to start.
- “Parents teach you a lot of things, but the most important thing they teach you is this: how people will fuck you up in the future. If they’re any good, they teach you to get used to it.”
- “She’s like a person looking through the wrong end of a telescope, complaining that everything looks small.”
- “People, Caroline thought, were like houses. They could open their doors. Your could walk through their rooms and touch the objects hidden in their corners. But something–the structure, the wiring, the invisible mechanism that kept the whole thing standing–remained invisible, suggested only by the fact of its existing at all.”
- “For the shortest time, shorter than the shortest second’s breath, you get to stand up to infinity. But eventually, and always, infinity wins.”
My Thoughts: This is such a unique book. I really enjoyed it after the first few, slower chapters. The perspective was great, and it really got me thinking about life in general, and time as we know it versus time as it actually is. It wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be, but it’s definitely up there on the creepy scale. Such a great book. I hope Lauren Oliver writes more adult fiction in the future.