#ripxiii – Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman

It must be hard when a writer’s debut is such a success. A success in print then adapted into a film starring Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich. I’m talking here about Bird Box which I read just a little before RIP season started so it’s not going to count as one of my RIPXIII reads. But if you’re looking for a creepy read definitely read Bird Box. It was deliciously creepy.

Unbury Carol though wasn’t quite so creepy. A sort of twisted Sleeping Beauty western that I had too-high expectations for, after reading Bird Box.

It was an interesting tale about a woman who falls into such deep comas it’s like she’s dead – and her husband who wants to be rid of her. What I wasn’t really convinced of was his failure to kill her – I mean, if he really wanted her gone, why didn’t he just make sure?

I quite enjoyed the cast of strange outlaws and evil beings. And unlike the title of the book, the burying part of it comes quite late.

It’s hard to say really where this book would be shelved – western? Horror? Weird western? Books that read like a Tarantino film? 3.5 ⭐️

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