Disclaimer: The author is a friend, and I reviewed this novel as part of the publication process. I look forward to purchasing a hardcopy version of my own.
This was a weird book set in an even weirder landscape. Betts proves that the supernatural creatures created as part of all human cultures are very similar to the humans that they support/stalk/haunt. Despite his paranormal origins, Abe is just a guy. When he’s swept up into the first murder mystery his world has ever known, that’s when things get interesting.
At times, warring plot lines seemed to distract from one another. At other times, Abe’s extended tour through his own world didn’t seem to have a point, but the things and people he found were so fascinating that one can’t help but keep reading. Even though things get tied up rather neatly at the end, I felt a lack of resolution to some elements. But considering an unreal character is the ultimate unreliable narrator, I’m still satisfied by the journey I took with him.
I could say something trite, like “These aren’t your kid’s fairy tales” or “These are paranormal creatures for the modern age,” but I’d rather let you meet this motley crew for yourself. Ultimately, this novel made me wonder a few things about my own Imaginary Friends and what they might be up to these days.