Each Monday will bring a different horror… to help you cope with the horror that is Monday with the horrors that are in the fantasy world.
Horror for Today: Psychological!
I think that psychological horror can sometimes be the worst kind. No, it’s not in your face, which is why I paused when I was thinking over if I wanted to add this review to Horrifying Mondays, but what psychological horror does is STAY with you.
When I read or watch something that is more on the lines of psychological horror I don’t get that sudden anxiety. Nor do I jump out of my seat, or spill my popcorn. What does happen is this layering of feelings like a cake but mired with anxiety. These layers build and build the anticipation of what could happen and even when the climax hits my heart is sometimes beating so fast that I could jump out of my skin if someone said something to me in that moment.
No, unlike gory or in your face scares, psychological horrors will leave you thinking, sometimes for years afterwards and that is exactly why this review is set for today. I think I’ll be thinking about this one for a long time.
How would you spend your birthday if you knew it would be your last?
Eighteen-year-old Leonard Peacock knows exactly what he’ll do. He’ll say goodbye.
Not to his mum – who he calls Linda because it annoys her – who’s moved out and left him to fend for himself. Nor to his former best friend, whose torments have driven him to consider committing the unthinkable. But to his four friends: a Humphrey-Bogart-obsessed neighbour, a teenage violin virtuoso, a pastor’s daughter and a teacher.
Most of the time, Leonard believes he’s weird and sad but these friends have made him think that maybe he’s not. He wants to thank them, and say goodbye.
Reading about Leonard really made my heart race. At every point in this book I was wondering if he would go with his plan of attack. He really wants someone to talk him out of it, anyone, and I think he is even really trying to tell people that he is upset, but no one will listen!
I listened to this on audible and I have to say the narrator, Noah Galvin, was fabulous. I believed every single word he said. He put inflections in exactly where I would expect a sarcastic teenager to. He read this narration with such feeling that I had a huge amount of empathy for Leonard Peacock, even with his dastardly plans.
The entire book had me moving closer and closer and closer to the edge of my seat. The way Matthew Quick wrote this was amazing and although to the point, he adds in some backward and forward movement for Leonard so the reader really gets a sense of who he is by the end of the book. Secrets were revealed that I would never have imagined.
The future tense parts of this threw me off for a minute but those are even explained further along in the book. Everything is explained. This is a read where when you read the synopsis you may think that this will be a tear jerker, and to a point it is, but it is also so much, much more than that. In this is a smart kid trying to figure out if life really is worth living. He’s asking that pivotal question about existence and if he will be able to survive it all.
In the end, absolutely amazing.
Horror Meter: 4/5
Shock Factor: 3/5
Total Scare: 4/5