Wednesday 19 January 2022

PARTUM by E.V. Knight


PartumPartum by E.V. Knight
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This afternoon while putting together a TBR list on my Paperwhite, I stumbled on this novella. Intrigued by the concept, I decided to read a few chapters. And kept reading until I reached the end. 😬

Lena suffered post-partum depression after the birth of her baby, and sadly lost her to SIDS only four months later. But she's convinced that her daughter died because she was abducted, something her husband never believed. He thinks she's losing her grip because she's drowning in grief, so she goes to counselling. She also has a group of friends online who might actually share her alien claims...

O.M.F.G. This novella was an amazing surprise. I was hooked from the very beginning and read it in one sitting. Learning about Lena's heartbreak was interesting enough, before we learn her cop husband is dealing with random crazed attacks that seem to be spreading across the country, and she becomes convinced alien creatures are going to invade the world.

I LOVE stories that are so ambiguous you start to question everything as much as the main character. It was fascinating to watch her spin out of control, get back on track, but then stutter every step of the way because she can't stop questioning herself and everything/everyone else until she doesn't trust anyone. Not even herself.

This is a very well-written story that dug its claws into me and refused to let go until the very last word. And even then, I haven't stop thinking about it.


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