I have no idea what this book is. I don’t have any clue what to call it, or really even how to explain it. It completely baffles me… and fills me with joy to read it! Exhilarating, quirky, funny to its core. I found myself constantly in a bind of, “Do I like this?” Because it’s unlike anything I’ve read before- even quite different from the trilogy that came before it. The formatting, as always, threw me off. It’s an unusual way to put together a book, but that is part of its charm, rife with piercing chapter titles, online message board quotes, and a storyline that goes back and forth between the current chaos and erotic vampire dreams. Yes, you heard me right.
I love the wild, creative mess that Dr. Harper weaves together, and as always, the ending was simply stunning. I adore following Dr. Elliot Harper- now in his earlier days, the days before his makeshift family from the trilogy- as he explores a supposedly cursed school. This novel has a lot of twists and turns, an intriguing romance plot that isn’t what it seems , and a whole new cast of characters to fall in love with. I can’t say much without spoiling it, and this is one of those books that I would hate to spoil: It’s something you need to experience for yourself, it will blow you away. But to note a few things I loved: There is a mental twist that is ten times more captivating than The Silent Patient. The characters are unique, witty, and provide memorable moments. The plot will make your jaw drop. Then, of course, there are little things to tie it to the previous trilogy- which only made a fan like me love it even more.
As a writer myself, I am a strong believer in: If you have a great world with a great cast of characters, keep using them. Bounce off them, build them up, do more with them. Which is why I am thrilled to see Dr. Harper’s journey continuing, and I can't wait for the next book. In my opinion, this is one of the most skillfully written series of books I’ve come across this year, and extremely undervalued- more people need to check them out.