You Let Me In: 受好评、令人不安的小说《闹鬼的爱、复仇和真理的本质》 平装 – 2021年1月28日
"在第三页结尾时,我不仅迷了,而且开始认为这可能是我全年读过的最好书。" Joanne Harris
我想有人知道,你看。 知道我的真相,现在我消失了。 一切都不发生。
每个人都知道畅销小说家 Cassandra Tipp 曾经两次被谋杀。
但这个字母不是任何人想要的东西。 它讲述了两个令人不安、黑暗中令人不安的故事。 其中一个故事讲述了血腥的夜晚和魔法礼物,孩子们迷失在树林上,由树枝、叶子、羽毛和骨头制成的丈夫。 . .
另一个是一个小女孩在阴影中被残酷处理和长大后被阴暗扭曲的故事。 . .
但哪个故事是真实的? Cassie 现在在哪里?
- 出版社 : Black Swan (2021年1月28日)
- 语言 : 英语
- ISBN : 178416450X
- 品牌 : Black Swan
- 尺寸 : 13 x 1.2 x 20 cm
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If you want a fictional psychological fairytale-styled last testament filled with layers of trauma-guided lore (that isn't unbearable) 'You Let Me In' is just for you!
Longer review :
This book enchanted me with the folk-lore and nature of the world. Cassandra is a broken yet halfway functioning character you wonder, "Will she ever realize what's happened/happening to her isn't ok?!" (spoiler alert, tehee-- the answer is no) and Pepperman is such a wonderfully horrible once-person, you can't help but appreciate him as the perfect candidate for the 'co-dependant Stockholm syndrome' category, which, honestly is such a rare category I enjoy.
Camilla Bruce really nails it every time and hasn't ceased to disappoint! I, personally read her second book first then her first... second lol, and enjoyed both thoroughly! This is going into the eventual re-read pile right next to Camilla's 'In the Garden of Spite'.
You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce is what I would call a deep dive into the human subconscious after going through serious trauma, especially from a young age. So we have Cassie Tipp, somewhat notorious author, whose husband died a long while ago, and she stood accused but was later found not guilty. Two years later, tragedy struck again with her brother and father. Now she herself has disappeared. After a year, her 'heirs', a niece and nephew, are to go to her residence and read a manuscript she's left them which contains a password they can use to claim the rest of their inheritance. This manuscript tells Cassie's story, which is hella strange unless it's all metaphorical, in which case it's terribly sad and tragic.
The characters didn't quite seem three-dimensional, but they were definitely more than one-dimensional. Clicking with a narrator like Cassie is just plain difficult. Really, in a sense, it makes sense for the characters to seem dry when you take into context who the narrator is and that she's probably mad as a hatter. The depths of what she must have experienced, though.... Intense, even if she never was very expressive about it.
I thought the plot was genius. It's a razor's edge and readers will fall down on either side, no doubt. I choose to believe in the metaphorical side of things. I wasn't a huuuuuuuge fan of the setting and not knowing precisely where it occurred, but on the other hand, these traumas can occur everywhere, and that's kind of the point, right?
Recommending the book is difficult. It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea. Readers are either going to think WTF or be moved to tears. As I choose to believe what Cassie's psychiatrist wrote, I recommend this to people who enjoy navigating the maze that is the human brain and its thought processes and behaviors.
This book is dark, and unlike most mysteries, it won't answer quite all your questions. The version of the truth you'll get here is the version as each character perceives and experiences it. Camilla Bruce is not here to make you comfortable. If you're familiar with Kirsty Logan's writing, she gave this book a glowing review in which she referred to it as "defiant," and it absolutely is. It follows no formula, just one unreliable narrator's shockingly unique internal universe. It's an exploration of truth, reality, and mental health. It's also an exploration of faeries, and not the nice glittering kind.
I actively sought out an advance copy of this book (in addition to later buying a copy), because I was so desperate to have my hands on it. It took me a while to *get* the novel right after I read it. I stewed for about 18 hours until everything just *clicked*. And then I fell all over myself buying a hardcover copy (I exclusively buy ebooks unless I've fallen deeply in love with a book), writing a 5 star review on Goodreads, and telling my friends. This is now an absolute favorite.
If you like darkness, faerie tales, mysteries, or explorations of a character's psyche, I highly recommend this unique and beautiful novel.
Trigger warning for exploration of abuse and trauma.