Another book like Secret History, where the protagonist is weak, self-pitying, traumatised and chooses friends who get him into affluent society, drugs, alcohol and chronic smoking. Also, like the Secret History the protagonist chooses the path of a criminal. The locations are different and there is a slight tweak in the storyline, but essentially if you read this book without knowing the author and after reading Secret History, you’d recognise the writing style, vocabulary and plot.
Again like Secret History, the book starts very well with the reader routing for the protagonist and then as the protagonist slides into despair and makes bad decisions, the reader becomes detached and wishes the book were over.
My favourite characters in this book are Popchyk the dog, Hobbie the naïve one and the protagonist’s mother. The others are hard to empathise with.
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