Thursday 30 March 2023

WAIF by Samantha Kolesnik


WaifWaif by Samantha Kolesnik
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Weird. Strange. Bizarre. These are all words I would use to describe this novella. Unique. Unexpected. Unpredictable. Are also words I would use for this unflinching and very disturbing tale about a battered woman who's had enough.

This story starts out normal enough: a trip to the grocery store to get away from an abusive partner. But soon turns into SO MUCH more when Angie starts obsessing over a stranger.

By the way, this is as much as I'm going to say about the plot because the less you know going in, the better your experience will be.

I really enjoyed this messed-up, surreal, and very graphic ride that took me to different levels of human depravity. But you know what, I enjoyed every minute of this hellish tale. Angie is a great narrator. Not the best person exactly, and definitely deals with situations in the oddest way, but her voice is addictive. And I couldn't stop reading until I got to the shocking—but very satisfying—end.

This book takes aim at the unfair and immoral way the patriarchy deals with women. Whether seen as beautiful, ugly or disposable, the patriarchy aims to control and destroy women. Angie's story is one of many, both real and fictional, that perfectly conveys all of this.

The real horror in this story is, unfortunately, very real.

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