(Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Despite almost the chapters titled as they were, the upbeat vibe its 8O’s soundtrack could have allowed is not what one gets from Kate Karyus Quinn in this one. As her first book has established, she writes the different with such skill.
So pop vibe? Not even. (Don’t You) Forget About Me initially had me thinking of Suicide Club as well as any other Japanese horror movie from whichever years between the late 90’s early 2000’s with slow, cool, quiet then eventually horrific images of teens and train tracks and their meeting. Cross those same things with what made both Fight Club and Beautiful Mind stand out. (At one point, I was all Why, Tyler Durden, is that you? So confident in the fact that I’d figured things out not three chapters in. In some ways I was not completely off base; only really, boy, was I wrong! Much to my delight. Contrary person? Yes, that I am.) Now, add that whole terror unmentioned but taken as fact feel that comes straight out of Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery. as well as bits of the Dark Side and snippets from The Village of the Damned, with particular attention to those towheaded terrors. Got all that?
There’s a general feeling of the familiar, yet Kate Karyus Quinn puts her own stamp on horror with her approach. Yes, the familiar is present and the same tug at you, but it’s that same feeling of familiarity that pushes one forward only to have one discover exactly what makes this story different. Perhaps in the combination of all those things, but really, there’s a whole lot more to it than that:
the atmospheric and the moody, the unclear and then unreliable; where the fantastical is fact, and the odd does not stand out
... but just is.
THANK YOU, Edelweis!!
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