BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Details the childhood stories of a group of friends in a tiny German village that makes the idea of a holiday in The Village of the Damned look like a great idea.
PROS: Parts of this book are beautifully written and some scenes are haunting in a very stark, stripped down way.
CONS: Unrelentingly grim, could not connect with any of the characters at all.
BOTTOM LINE: I really wanted to like this, but while it wasn’t badly written, it was akin to watching a train wreck as it proceeds to its inevitable horrid conclusion.
When a group of childhood friends gather together in the German village of their youth to attend a funeral, one of their group waits until after the service, when everyone is gone, lifts her skirt, squats, and pees on the fresh grave of her childhood friend. This pretty much sets the tone for one of the strangest books I’ve read this year.