This took some time to get into. The writing style is very jagged. Not smooth. it doesn’t flow at all, so I had a hard time with that. But since the book is so short (112 pages) I figured I’d push through and finish the book.
Once I was able to work past the writing style and just focus on the story, I was immersed. The overall tale (I can’t say plot because I don’t feel there really was one) was fascinating. From about 1/3 of the way through, I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down. Granted, I still struggled with a smooth read, but the characters held me in.
If you’re looking for something short and unique and, dare I say a bit freaky, I’d recommend trying this. While it might not be for everyone, I think we can all feel for the two main boys in this book.
Also, the ending is something that I can’t seem to get out of my head. The story was one thing, but the end will cling to you like a leech.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Mapping the Interior is a horrifying, inward-looking novella from Stephen Graham Jones that Paul Tremblay calls “emotionally raw, disturbing, creepy, and brilliant.”
Walking through his own house at night, a fifteen-year-old thinks he sees another person stepping through a doorway. Instead of the people who could be there, his mother or his brother, the figure reminds him of his long-gone father, who died mysteriously before his family left the reservation. When he follows it he discovers his house is bigger and deeper than he knew.
The house is the kind of wrong place where you can lose yourself and find things you’d rather not have. Over the course of a few nights, the boy tries to map out his house in an effort that puts his little brother in the worst danger, and puts him in the position to save them . . . at terrible cost.