review: a dark matter by peter straub

A Dark Matter, by Peter Straub
Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (February 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN: 1400096723
Paper: $7.99, 608pp, mass market paperback
Kindle: $7.99

I enjoyed this story, even though the storytelling got a bit tedious through repeated rehashes from various characters’ perspectives. But as that happens, more of the story unfolds. We learned more than we knew before. Each telling brings fresh insight to what happened to this group of people when they were teenagers.

Also, we don’t ever get the whole story. It doesn’t arrive in a blaze of glory or wound in a beautiful bow. A lot of questions go unanswered. We start with mystery and end with mystery. And this is fine. Speculating outcomes, intended and unintended, can be as refreshing and exciting as any brand new adventure. Each and every loose end, each and every question – all of that doesn’t need to be tied up or answered. Life isn’t boring. ‘Fully conclusive / fully inclusive’ fiction is boring.

Overall, I’d give this story 4.5 coffee cups out of 5 coffee cups. Well done, Mr Straub. Well done.

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Author: Mari Adkins

Appalachian gothic fiction writer - my works reflect a love of literature flavored by the darkness and magic residing in these ancient mountains. In my spare time, I'm a Simmer, I tumbl, I journal, but I always have a very strange sense of humor. I have lived away from the mountains and lived deep in the mountains. I currently live in Central Kentucky with my lifepartner and his cat. The mountains, their culture, their superstitions, their particular magics, will always be in my blood.