Review: All These Bodies by Kendare Blake (Spoiler-Free)
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Do you know that one special food that you love but can completely understand everyone else for hating? Because I think this book is my jar of green olives. I pop them into my mouth like gumdrops (i actually don't like gumdrops), and half the population cringes at the sight. But it doesn't matter, because I could eat a jar of their briny goodness every day.
That's exactly how I feel about this book. I understand that it's an acquired taste. I understand that the ending will leave a sour taste in many people's mouths. But I also happen to love vinegar.
Breaking free from my food analogy for a moment here, I honestly think most people would like the first half of this book. It has great atmosphere, a great setting. 1950s Midwest in September, what more could you ask for? But then it takes a turn, and I was strapped in, ready for the ride.
I won't spoil, but I'd just like to let it be known that this book goes in a strange direction and leaves you with more questions than answers. That doesn't always work for me, but in this case it most certainly did. I was tempted to reread the minute I finished this book, but I think I'll save that opportunity for next fall. Because this book was so perfect for autumn. It was so eerie and I found myself more fascinated by every turning page.
I feel like there are so many layers to this text that I haven't even scraped the surface of. And maybe some of that is just me projecting, me just searching for a meaning that isn't there. But the fact that it had me searching at all means it succeeded.
This is a twisted little story, and one I will most definitely revisit. Something is drawing me back to Black Deer Falls, and I'm excited to one day return.