From the Description
The Bram Stoker Award–nominated author of Bird Box returns with a haunting tale of love, redemption, and murder.
Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. She has died many times . . . but her many deaths are not final: They are comas, a waking slumber indistinguishable from death, each lasting days.
Only two people know of Carol’s eerie condition. One is her husband, Dwight, who married Carol for her fortune, and—when she lapses into another coma—plots to seize it by proclaiming her dead and quickly burying her . . . alive. The other is her lost love, the infamous outlaw James Moxie. When word of Carol’s dreadful fate reaches him, Moxie rides the Trail again to save his beloved from an early, unnatural grave.
And all the while, awake and aware, Carol fights to free herself from the crippling darkness that binds her—summoning her own fierce will to survive. As the players in this drama of life and death fight to decide her fate, Carol must in the end battle to save herself.
The haunting story of a woman literally bringing herself back from the dead, Unbury Carol is a twisted take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.
Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Length: 384 pages
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.
Unbury Carol is a mix of weird western, grown-up fairytale, and horror that is far more than the sum of its parts. This story was enchanting, captivating me with both a sense of wonder and terror, as I raced through its pages to find out what would happen to Carol, and James Moxie. Would Dwight, Lafayette, Rot, and Smoke succeed in their nefarious plans? As someone who is more than a little claustrophobic the thought of being buried alive terrifies me, plus Rot and Smoke are pure Evil, making this a very effective horror novel. I was rooting for Carol and James to not only survive but to find a happy ending in a very dark world. They are fantastic characters to follow. Their flaws made them feel like real people who you could consider friends instead of heroes in a book. A phenomenally written, gripping 5 star read that I can’t recommend enough. Seriously, go buy this one now!
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About the Author
Josh Malerman is an internationally bestselling, Bram Stoker Award–nominated American author and one of two singer/songwriters for the rock band The High Strung. His debut novel, Bird Box, was published in the United Kingdom and the United States in 2014 to much critical acclaim. He lives in Ferndale, Michigan, with his best friend/soulmate Allison Laakko and their pets Frankie, Valo, Dewey, Marty, and the fish.
“Bleakly lyrical à la Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O'Connor.” —Library Journal, Starred Review
“Breathtaking and menacing… an intricately plotted, lyrical page turner about love, betrayal, revenge, and the primal fear of being buried alive.” —Booklist, Starred Review
“This one haunts for reasons you can't quite put your finger on. Malerman is too fierce an original to allow anyone else’s vision to intrude on his. [He] defies categories and comparisons with other writers.” —Kirkus
"With vivid prose and characters that leap off the page, guns a-blazing, Unbury Carol creates its own lingering legend." —Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Phasma
“Unbury Carol is a Poe story set in the weird West we all carry inside us, and it not only hits the ground running, it digs into that ground, too. About six wonderful feet.”—Stephen Graham Jones, author of Mongrels
“Fantastically clever. A breakneck ride to save a life already lost, proving sometimes death is only the beginning.”—J. D. Barker, internationally bestselling author of The Fourth Monkey